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Fort Santiago Intramuros Reviews

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INTRAMUROS Feb 15, 2017
Thursday, January 12. 2012

Located in the northern part of the Walled City FORT SANTIAGO is one of the oldest Hispanic stone fortresses in the Philippines. The Spaniards, under the term of Governor General Gomez Perez Dasmarinas, fortified what was originally stone structures.

"Baluarte de Santa Barbara" was built in the 16th century It offers great views of the River Pasig.

It was interesting to see the same Spanish sentry stations that I saw at the fortresses in Spain.

We had some fun posing inside the concrete stations.

MANILA CATHEDRAL

The present MANILA CATHEDRAL is the sixth to rise on the site since 1581. Previous structures were destroyed by either fire or earthquake. Rebuilt in 1958, the Cathedral incorporated the Rosette windows of the old cathedral.

This is really a spectacular Cathedral. We went inside to take in its beauty and there was a wedding going on. We sat in the back rows and watched the ceremony taking place (and bonus - it was cool and air-conditioned).

After the church ceremony, the wedding party walked across the street to take pictures at PLAZA ROMA with its beautiful gardens, a fountain and a bronze statue of King Carlos IV which was installed in 1824.

SAN AUGUSTIN CHURCH

The oldest Church in the Philippines, SAN AUGUSTIN CHURCH dates way back to 1571 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful church features an intricately carved main entrance door, a Baroque Pulpit and an 18th century pipe organ. There is a replica sculpture of the "Black Nazarene" . The original is carried during a long parade throughout Manila and ending at San Augustin in Intramuros. Thousands of devotees participate in this parade.

Also found here is the Tomb of Manila's founder, Miguel Lopez de Lagaspi.

The day we were there, a wedding was taking place. I've been told that it is such a popular church to have a wedding, that the waits can be as long as a year, so it has to be booked long before the wedding can take place.
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