Sunday, November 29, 2015

Car tour of Intramuros

31 October 2015. Metro Manila.

The calesa tour offered a 30-minute tour with the rate of Php300. The pedicab driver who brought us to the calesa offered an hour tour with the same rate. I declined both thinking that I needed more than an hour touring the place. We decided then to take the car and with the help of Waze and blogs on Intramuros, we had an itinerary. 

Manila Cathedral earned the title of Basilica of the Immaculate Conception by virtue of a Papal Decree issued on April 27, 1981 by Pope John Paul II. It is the only church in the country elevated to a minor basilica upon motion of the Holy Father  himself.

The San Agustin Church is the only structure within the walls of Intramuros that remained standing when the place was bombed during the Second World War. It has undergone renovation due to man-made and natural disasters. Considered as the oldest church in the country, the San Agustin Church was recognized by the government and UNESCO as a historical landmark.

Baluarte de San Diego Gardens was designed and built by Jesuit Priest Antonio SedeƱo from 1856 to 1857 and it is one of the oldest stone fortifications in Intramuros. At present, gardens and pergolas were added to make the structure more appealing to the visitors and more suitable for special events. 

The place where Zac enjoyed the most because he was able to slide his cars on what he calls stone ramps is the Wall with 12 cannons.