Intramuros in the heart of Manila can confidently be called the Vigan in the metropolis.
Those who know Vigan and come to Intramuros for the first time somehow immediately feel familiar with the surroundings, even though this place is 400 km further south. However, Intramuros differs from Vigan in the way that the old Spanish buildings are much better preserved and also larger.

Once you start exploring the whole district, you quickly become aware of its extent. Although still almost completely walled – as was usual for former forts – you rarely get to see the strong defensive walls.

The very beautiful old houses are remarkable. If you approach a crossroads and reach the point where you can look around the corner, you will come across another interesting building from the founding period of this fort almost everywhere.

The thickness of the wall is also impressive, and you only get an impression of it when you use one of the numerous ramps leading up to its top.

In some places, the space on the wall is so large that in times past, appeals were surely issued to the gathered soldiers there. Also a very large area on the wall, occupies the place where the cannons are placed for defence.

Conclusion: A wonderful place to experience the contrast between the modern and the past. For Intramuros is lined with skyscrapers to the north and east. Anyone who has the time and opportunity to visit Intramuros should do so.

Interactive panorama pictures!
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Interactive panorama of the northern skyline of Intramuros
Interactive panoramic image of the roll call square

The cannon square