September 6, 2009

The way to the palace

Postigo del Palacio (postern of the palace) was one of the main entrances into the walled city of Intramuros during the Spanish colonial era. It was built in 1662 and took its name from the fact that it was the way closest to the palaces of the Governor-General and the Archbishop. This was the path that Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal took when he walked from his prison cell inside Fort Santiago to Bagumbayan (Luneta or Rizal Park), where he was executed in 1896. It was damaged during the Battle of Manila in 1945 and restored in 1968. The gate is usually closed nowadays but if it were open, it would just lead to the Club Intramuros Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course built around the beautiful and historic stone walls of the old city.

pathway of the Postigo del Palacio in Intramuros and the Club Intramuros Golf Course

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Scenic Sunday

19 comments:

Don and Krise said...

A place dripping in history. It does seem interesting that a golf course was built around it, but I guess that's one way of maintaining the grounds on a grand scale.

Cezar and Léia said...

All this green feels so soothing!
God bless you!
Cezar

Tulip said...

wonderful shot of a beautiful historic view of intramuros. happy weekend.

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Vogon Poet said...

A golf course? This could be a great idea having a fortress to spare, and we have!

BeachILike said...

wonderful green!

Happy weekend :)

the donG said...

the golf course surrounding intramuros adds charm to it. sad though that i saw some squatters inside intramuros.

BeachILike said...

Just notice new avatar! Nice one.

Tanya said...

Interesting AND beautiful!! Hope you are having a great weekend Hilda!

Norm said...

I hope I can visit that place too, very pretty.

Here's mine:

http://www.sweetnorms.com/2009/09/scenic-sunday-3/

Buck said...

I can't decide whether I like the history posts better or the current view better. They are each so good to read - I enjoy every post so much! Thanks for sharing your Manila with us Hilda!

Lois said...

It looks so lush and green! Beautiful!

Andreea said...

Thanks for linking "postern", I had no idea what it means :) Looks like a nice place for a stroll - or a game of golf :)

Photo Cache said...

this is what I love to see, lush green scenery. very refreshing. scenic indeed.

Jacob said...

That's enough for me to start golfing again! Beautiful!

tanzaniancane said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of my visit to Intramuros last year - I loved learning about the history!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

This interesting post makes me want to learn more about the Colonial Era in the Philippines!

Neva said...

It looks like a lovely place to play a round of golf!!!

Halcyon said...

Looks like a really nice course! The grass is so green!!

George said...

What a great place for a golf course. I'm glad they incorporated the walls of the old city rather than just tearing them down!