June 3, 2009

Within the walls

The historic district of Intramuros in the City of Manila was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. At the time, Intramuros was considered the city of Manila itself. Its name is Latin for "within the walls" and is an accurate description of the city fortress, surrounded by moats and thick, high walls. This is the moat just outside Fort Santiago, one of the oldest fortifications in Manila. It was built for the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi in 1571 at the north-western end of the city where the Pasig River joins Manila Bay. Over the walls, you can see some of the facilities of Manila's North Harbor.

moat and walls of Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila

Natural or man-made, take a refreshing dip in Watery Wednesday.
Watery Wednesday

27 comments:

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

It is just amazing how far the Spanish conquistadors came. Are there any Spanish speakers left in Manila? Just curious...

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Cezar and Léia said...

The city fortress is very interesting indeed! This post is really cool with great information!
Thanks a lot!
Léia

myphotographer said...

great blog, would be awesome to visit your side of the world but for now I will have to be content with your pictures :-)

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Brad said...

so much history

Halcyon said...

Interesting history. I love intramuros cities - so pretty and historic.

Happy Wednesday!

Maggie May said...

Interesting picture and also the history behind it.

James said...

Really cool and so old.
I was just lamenting about a missing picture of me in Legazpi with the Mayon volcano in the background. Until now I didn't know how Legazpi got it's name.

B Squared said...

I learn something here everyday.

Lee Spangler said...

Hilda: Thanks for visiting my site. I love your pictures,the moat, the red sign and the feet. You are talented and your writing shows such sensitivity. I have studied a little about the Phillipines and am interested in its history esp. w/ the war w/ USA in 1899

Lois said...

Fascinating history! I would love to take a walk there.

Abe Lincoln said...

Have you ever wandered around inside this place and felt the presence of others? I did down in St Augustine in Florida in their old fort.

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Laurent said...

Interesting post. We also have a "intra muros" in Paris which is still in fact the city's boundaries

Don and Krise said...

You seem to live in a place where you never run out of interesting things to show us Hilda.

this too will pass said...

very interesting indeed

Coşkun said...

Hi Hilda,
Thanks for sharing interesting history.

marley said...

When they built it they certainly didn't want any intruders! Now it looks a nice place for a stroll.

m_m said...

Interesting story, very historical place!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing the photo and the history behind the moat.

George said...

The history in Manila is absolutely fascinating. I would love to be able to roam through those sites just absorbing the history. Thanks for sharing the fascinating post with us.

Jacob said...

Our ancestors often felt it necessary to build walls of protection as do many people today in their gated communities...

It is so interesting that these walls are still standing after so many years!

Nicely-composed, Hilda.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great history lesson. Thanks for your stop over

Vogon Poet said...

This looks familiar, about the same age of our Old Fortress, which is close to the Harbor...
It would be great if you could post some more photos of this ancient quarter.

Hilda said...

BAP:
Yes, there are still quite a few Spanish-speaking families in Manila, especially those who can trace their ancestry back to Spain. Spanish was still a requirement in my school when I was studying, and many Filipino languages have words that are clearly Spanish in origin.

Vogon Poet:
Don't worry, I will! But we'll give those who aren't interested much in history a break every now and then :)

kazu said...

It is interesting story.
Great photos!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Hilda, thanks for clearing up my curiosity. Very interesting.

Layrayski said...

I seem to be missing a comment here. mmm...

the donG said...

i love intramuros. every foreign tourist should make a visit.