Visit Manila's historic walled city, known as Intramuros, Latin for "within the walls". Intramuros was the heart of the Spanish colonial government, and hence heavily fortified; it contains a number of historic buildings and landmarks. Fort Santiago was the headquarters of Spanish military troops and prison to thousands of Filipinos, including the country's national hero, Jose Rizal. San Agustin church was founded in 1571 and is the oldest stone church (from 1589) in the Philippines; terms for the American occupation of Manila were signed here in the sacristy. Nearby is Casa Manila, a reconstruction of the San Nicolas House from the 1850s, rebuilt during the 1980s in a Spanish-colonial architectural style. A few blocks away is the Plaza de Roma, dominated by the imposing Manila Cathedral. Founded In 1581 but damaged and rebuilt several times, the current structure dates from the most recent re-construction in 1985 and includes a detailed replica of the carved main façade.
Discover Manila’s colonial history, then fly to
the islands of Cebu and Bohol to see...