Recommendation by Lemi
Ascend the perimeter wall just east of Puerta Real, also known as the Royal Gate, and contemplate the battles against the invading Americans, and, later on, the Japanese, that must’ve confronted its stone face. Intramuros has several entry points, whether you’re coming from north, east, south, or west of the walled city. The Puerta Real opens up the south wall and served only the Governor-General (the appointed representative of the Spanish crown) during the Spanish occupation. The Baluarte de San Andres had the crucial role of fortifying the east of Puerta Real. A baluarte, or bastion, was a military stronghold, defending the city. Some of the forts that dot the perimeter wall of Intramuros are still armed with cannons, as if awaiting battle. Baluarte de San Andres is sparse of features compared to its companion fortresses; but with the National Museum in the distance and the Manila Bulletin (a major broadsheet in the Philippines) office just behind it, this bastion offers tourists a quiet spot to begin their journey into Manila’s history.
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62 Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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