Site of the Santo Domingo Church | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

The Santo Domingo Church was rebuilt 5 times in Intramuros before finding its permanent home in Quezon, City. The first Santo Domingo church was built in 1588, collapsed in 1589 due to poor foundations. It was rebuilt in 1592, now in stone but burned in 1643. Constructed again but was caught between the massive quake of 1645. The 1692 church again succumbed to an earthquake in 1863. The fifth church was unveiled in 1868, designed by the first Filipino architect Felix Roxas Sr. in the neo-gothic style.When it was destroyed in 1941, the church relocated to its present site in Quezon, City. The former site in Intramuros was acquired by the government and part of it is now The Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI).
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Nearby attractions

Intendencia
Attraction
0.06 km away

Intendencia or La Aduana was first constructed in 1823 and completed in 1829. The Spanish building was meant to house different government offices as well as attract merchants into entering Intramuros. The building was damaged in the 1863 earthquake which led to its demolition in 1872. After its reconstruction in 1876, it became the first Office of the Archives. The La Aduana also became the first home of the Philippine Senate. The structure suffered damages from World War II but after its reconstruction after the Manila Liberation, it housed the National Treasury, Central Bank of the Philippines and the Commission on Elections. It was around this time when it was renamed to Intendencia.In 1979, the Intendencia suffered fire and thus vacated. The facade of the building was restored in 1998 by the National Archives. More plans on its reconstruction are being discussed.

Plaza España
Attraction
0.06 km away

Originally called Plaza Aduana, the Plaza España is a little triangle open space made by the intersection of Andres Soriano Avenue, Solana Street, and Muralla Street. It was then renamed as Plaza de Los Martinez de la Integridad de la Patria or simply  Plaza de Martires in 1897, in honor of the Spanish soldiers that died in the Philippine Revolution. When the Americans came, they renamed it to Plaza España. The Intramuros Administration began restoring the plaza in 1982. A monument of King Philip II is erected at the center of the plaza in 1998. The plaza was inaugurated in 2000 as part of the Philippine Centennial.

Site of the University of Santo Tomas
Attraction
0.09 km away

Founded in 1611, the University of Santo Tomas is now the oldest university in Asia and the largest catholic university in the world on one campus in terms of population.Bishop Miguel de Benavides, the third archbishop of Manila founded the university using one thousand five hundred pesos and his personal library to build a college to prepare young men for the priesthood.During World War II, the university was converted to campus into an internment camp where around 2,500 allied civilians were detained. Other parts of the university were converted into living quarters. The university left Intramuros in 1927 to transfer to its current location in Espana Boulevard when the Dominicans thought their campus in Intramuros was getting smaller compared to their growing population.The former site of UST is now occupied by Banco Filipino Condominium.

Things to do nearby

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
₱89.00
Experience
Museums and galleries
0.29 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

Intramuros Bambike Tour
₱200.00
Experience
Biking and hiking
0.43 km away

Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!

INTRAMUROS: THE WALLED CITY  (Cut-and-Build Your Own Model Fort)
₱495.00

  • Make your own miniature Intramuros while you learn about its story.
  • Build its heart, the Plaza Mayor, and its historic fortress, Fort Santiago.
  • Peer inside its houses and government buildings, imagine the people who walked its cobblestone streets and learn hands-on the amazing story behind its walls.

Where to stay

White Knight Hotel Intramuros
₱2975.00

White Knight Hotel Intramuros located within the Plaza San Luis Complex of Intramuros Manila. It is nearby the historic Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics, the century old famous wedding area of San Agustin Church, the outdoor recreational area of Rizal Park boasting an 18-hole golf area, the showcase of golden artifacts at San Agustin Museum and the site of torture chambers and dungeons of Fort Santiago.

White Knight Hotel Intramuros has a total of 29 rooms. The hotel offers you attractive and comfortable rooms which include 4 types mainly the Deluxe, Standard, Suite and Executive Rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms, personal wardrobe, desk, telephone and free WIFI internet access. In addition, rooms come with all the modern equipments to bring the convenience and safety for guests, such as flat screen TV sets, air conditioners, menu tour, refrigerators and the other necessaries

The Bayleaf Intramuros
₱3320.00
Hotels and homes
0.58 km away

The Bayleaf Intramuros is a boutique hotel in Manila, Philippines that promises contemporary luxuries and conveniences. Set within the walls of the oldest district and historic core of Manila, this iconic landmark in the metro offers a high-class city abode for any traveler. It presents 57 guestrooms that blend style and comfort to encourage relaxation. Each one has five-star beddings, a 32-inch LCD TV, Wi-Fi Internet, and spacious bath with rain shower. The hotel also affords ace facilities for leisure and business. This includes a ballroom, 5 meeting rooms, and 4 dining venues.

Ramada by Wyndham Manila Central
₱3966.00

As the only international hotel in the world’s oldest Chinatown, Ramada Manila brings you a step closer to the gastronomical adventures and cultural wonders that Binondo has to offer. Located only 11-km away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you have an easy access to Manila’s historic spots – Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and the Rizal Park are all within a 4-km distance. Just next door is one of Manila’s oldest and most beautiful church – Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, or more commonly known as Binondo Church.
For the shopaholic in you, a ten-minute walk from the hotel will bring you to Divisoria, the most popular bargain haven in the city, and a 30-minute complimentary shuttle ride will bring you to SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia.

Getting there and around

Intramuros, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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