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Walled City

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Intramuros plays an important part to our country's history and it is one of the popular destinations for a visitor to our hometown.

It is the oldest district and is called the Walled City. Historically, it is the seat of the Spanish government when they colonized the Philippines. You will still see the original wall structure and gates. If you wondered why our local language and other local dialects include words that sound like Spanish, you will understand it after getting a short overview of our history.

Visit the Walled City, and find the popular old churches, Manila Cathedral and San Agustin. The other area in Intramuros to visit is Fort Santiago where you will find the old fort and Rizal Shrine, a small museum which features the life and works of Jose Rizal, our national hero. Along the way, you'll find a lot more smaller attractions like museums, plazas, and old buildings. In fact, walking along the streets of Intramuros, you'll feel like you are back in time, as you find yourself in the midst of old historical structures which are still in place.

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by Tina Lim
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