Plaza de Santo Tomas | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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

Colegio de Santa Rosa
Attraction
0.04 km away

Founded by Mother Paula de Santissima Trinidad, Colegio de Santa Rosa is an institution born out of one woman’s purpose: to educate the orphans and native Filipina children. Mother Trinidad pleaded the wealthy Spanish families for donations in order for her purpose to come true. The first location of the school was a donation from the rich spanish families. In 1750, the Beaterio y Casa de Enseñanza was situated in front of the University of Santo Tomas.In that same year, the Beaterio was placed under the protection of Santo Rosa de Lima and in 1774, the school gained royal patronage in exchange for accepting different races of children. Both the 1863 and 1880 earthquakes took a toll on the school but it paved a way for its reconstruction. The early 1941 bombing drove the school out of Intramuros and settled in Sta. Mesa, Manila. They returned in 1948 to Intramuros under a new administration.

Site of the University of Santo Tomas
Attraction
0.07 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.

Plaza España
Attraction
0.08 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.

Things to do nearby

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
₱89.00
Experience
Museums and galleries
0.31 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)
₱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.

Befriend the Real Manila
₱1206.00
Experience
Walking tour
0.35 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
₱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
0.57 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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