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Top 10 Attractions in Manila

Popular Manila sights and tourist spots
  • 8.7 /10
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    The entrance of Fort Santiago in Intramuros.
    The walled city of Intramuros is the oldest district in Manila as it was built in 1571. It served as the center for the Spanish colony's rule and was then once called and believed to be Manila itself. The Spanish cultural influence is evident in every corner of this walled city. The architecture is screaming its Spanish influence as the roads and buildings are of the finest style and design ...

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    The facade of Santo Thomas University in Manila.
    If you want to leisurely explore Manila and have enough time to walk around architectural structures that date back to the Spanish colonial period, visit Intramuros and Fort Santiago. Another site to visit is the University of Santo Tomas, which is located along Manila's university belt in the area of Espaňa in Sampaloc. Finding this university is quite easy as it is located along with one of Manila's national highways.History of the University of Santo TomasThe University of Sto ...

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  • 7.3 /10
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    The St. Pancratius chapel in Paco Park, Manila
    Paco Park is an ancient cemetery that was converted into a beautiful park in Manila.The Paco Park's area of 4,114.80 square meters had witnessed several historical high and low points of the Philippines. ...

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  • 7.2 /10
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    Above the main entrance door at Casa Manila.
    A visit to the Philippines capital city is not complete if you do not revisit Manila's rich cultural history. The city's past is primarily dominated by the Spanish colonial era's remnants, which can be quickly toured without any problems. You have to visit Manila's Intramuros, where you can leisurely walk around numerous ruins, churches, schools, and mansions such as the Casa Manila. The structures within Intramuros, including the Casa Manila, date back to the Spanish colonial times, with few sites faithfully restored to their former glory and other building sites just lay in ruins ...

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    The entrance facade of the San Agustin Church in Manila.
    The San Agustin Church is one of the old buildings located inside the walls of Intramuros in Manila. It was founded by the Augustinians and was constructed between the years 1587 and 1604. Inside the church is a beautiful ceiling designed using the Trompe-l'œil art technique, which involves a very extreme realistic imagery that creates the optical illusion that objects depicted are not just paintings but that they really exist ...

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    The Coconut Palace courtyard.
    If you are looking for an idyllic place to hold your debut or wedding reception, you can consider the Coconut Palace in Manila. Its location provides wide-open, beautifully landscaped grounds that face the magnificent Manila Bay. ...

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    The Manila Cathedral within Intramuros.
    The Manila Cathedral is a prominent Catholic basilica located within the historic Intramuros district in Manila. The full name of this holy site is actually 'Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception' in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Philippines' sacred patroness. The cathedral serves as both the Basilica of the Philippine Government and the archbishop's highest seat in the country ...

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  • 7 /10
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    The Rizal (Luneta) Park and monument.
    Rizal Park is a park located in the heart of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, near the Intramuros district. It overlooks Manila Bay. The history of the park begins in the early 1800s, during the period of Spanish colonization. While Manila's social and commercial activities were confined to Intramuros, a small area just south of the compound was cleared to prevent surprise attacks by Filipino nationalists ...

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    The facade of the Quiapo Church in Manila.
    The Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as Quiapo Church, is a Catholic religious building in the Quiapo district of Manila, Philippines. Built by the Franciscans in the early 17th century as the first church in the new district of Quiapo, it was rebuilt several times. The presence of a statue of the Black Christ carrying his cross, considered miraculous, attracts many pilgrimage crowds. Pope John Paul II granted it the title of minor basilica in 1988 ...

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    Entrance facade of the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila.
    If you want to explore the Philippines' rich cultural heritage, go to the Philippines' National Museum. You can spend one whole day walking around the museum's various rooms exhibiting paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts dating back to the pre-Hispanic settlement. The museum is conveniently located near the Manila City Hall within the area of Rizal Park. So, finding the building of the National Museum of the Philippines is quite simple, and a visit to it ensures that you learn and appreciate the country's heritage at your leisure ...

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  • * Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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