Site of the University of Santo Tomas | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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.
Address: Intramuros, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila
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Nearby attractions

Plaza España
0.03 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.

Plaza de Santo Tomas
0.07 km away

Originally intended to be a cemetery, the lot for this plaza was bought in 1627 by the Dominican order. The plaza is located in front of the original site for the University of Santo Tomas. Bought by the city government in 1861 to be a public plaza. It was then gifted to UST in 1879 where a statue of UST founder, Archbishop Miguel de Benavides was erected in 1891. The original statue was transferred to Espanya after the war. Being vacated for so many years, in 2002, a replica of the bronze statue was erected on the original Plaza de Santo Tomas.

0.08 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.

Things to do nearby

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
0.37 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: THE WALLED CITY  (Cut-and-Build Your Own Model Fort)

  • 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.

Befriend the Real Manila
Walking tour
0.42 km away

From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.

Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?

Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.

It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!

Authentic stories of inspiration
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.

Where to stay

White Knight Hotel Intramuros

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

Red Planet Manila Binondo
Hotels and homes
0.53 km away

Strategically Located at 251-61 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.

Red Planet Manila Binondo
Hotels and homes
0.53 km away

Strategically Located at 251-61 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.

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Intramuros, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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