The sixteenth-century dungeon of Intermoros opened for night tours
M.Anila, Philippines – Intermoros, which means “within the walls” is a popular destination for both foreign tourists and locals in the Philippines. It is widely known for its historical heritage and stunning landscapes.
Interimoros was once the seat of government and political power when the Philippines was a part of the Spanish Empire. It was also the center of religion, education, and the economy. Later, during the sixteenth century, the Spanish government began to build defenses against both natural and man-made disasters and attacks. Very large walls are spread over approximately 4.5 km and thus cover an area of 64 hectares. The area outside of Walled City is called “Extamuros”, which means “out of town.”
The area suffered massive bombings during World War II, and Intermoros has experienced an architectural renewal after a series of restoration projects that have been neglected since the middle of the 20th century. Breathing new life into this area. Within Walled City, you can visit seven great churches. The San Agustin Church was the only structure that stood after the destruction of all structures after World War II. The golf course was ever ruined. However, the Americans turned it into a golf course because they thought it was unhealthy and the stagnant water could breed mosquitoes that suffer from malaria and dengue diseases.
Santiago, a fortified fort built in 1983, is considered Spain’s primary defense line. This is where Jose Rijal, the Philippine national hero, was arrested until his execution in 1896. This was the place where the American flag was raised in 1898 to mark the beginning of American rule in this country.
The sixteenth-century dungeon of Intermoros
Recently, the famous sixteenth-century cellar of Intermoros was opened for guests from 10:00 am to 2 pm. The cells that can be found in the Ballarat de Santa Barbara were initially vault storage for ammunition and gunpowder. This continued until the Spaniards found out that the area had actually been demolished due to the fact that the area was connected to the River Pasig.
The brothel was then turned into a prison cell, where violence and mass casualties occurred during World War II. After the restoration of the Intermoros, ghost stories about ghost hunting were revealed by the spirit of the soldiers of the warship. Stories like the tombs at night. Walking or guarding soldiers. Only those with brave hearts and feelings of bravery will face the dungeon at night.
How to reach the Intermoros
To reach the Intermoros, you will need to enter the LRT or jeepney. Getting there by LRT means stopping at the Central Terminal Station, then a five-minute walk to Manila City Hall. From there, a pedestrian underpass takes you across Pedre de Bourgas Street. Immediately exit the underpass. Afterwards, you will see Victoria Street, which is rotating along the walls. When you enter Intermoros, you’ll find most sites within a 10 minute walk. If you want to roam the Intermoros, you can use either pedicabs or horseback riding.
Now the famous cellar can be found inside Fort Santiago. The admission fee to Fort Santiago is P75 for adults and P50 for students, seniors and PWDs. Access to the dark is already included in the admission fee.
Address: Sta. Clara Street corner Luna Street, Intermoros, Manila.
Operating Hours: Daily from 8am to 11am, the dungeons are open daily from 2am. By 10am
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