Maestra Curtain wall and Plaza | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

This historic site used to be the endpoint of the Manila-Acapulco Trade as part of the port of Manila. This part of the Wall faces the Pasig River contains one out of the seven original gates of Intramuros the Puerta Almacenes, and Baluarte de Herrerias. During World War II, it suffered wreckage and was used as barracks by the American army before completely demolishing it. The curtain wall was reconstructed through a grant from the Japanese government. Today, these eerie chambers are being turned into creative hubs as part of the city’s initiative of breathing new life into Intramuros.
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Nearby attractions

UST Museum
Attraction
0.28 km away

The oldest museum in the Philippines, UST Museum owns the first collection of artefacts in the country, dating to as far back as 1682. A jack of all trades, it houses a bit of everything: botanical, zoological, religious, ethnological, cultural, and artistic. Originally called "Gabinete de Fisica" in the late 16th century, the UST Museum used to be a museum specializing in natural history only. Today, not only does the museum features artefacts endemic to the Philippines, it has also expanded to accommodate religious images, visual arts and paintings, ethnography, and memorabilia, to name a few. Two of the museum's intriguing items include the Sculpture of the Crucified Christ, which was carved from an elephant tusk, and the museum's most priceless exhibit "The Portrait of a Young Balinese Girl" by Italian sensualist artist Romualdo Locatelli.

San Sebastian Church
Attraction
1.02 km away

San Sebastian Church is the only neo-Gothic church in Asia made entirely of prefabricated steel. The steel structure was crafted in Belgium and was transported in eight different shipments to the Philippines. In 1891, the church was assembled and completed, its steel frame filled with mixed sand, gravel, and cement. Inside, the church is elaborate with stained glass windows depicting the passion of the Christ. The church's pointed arches and washed out paintings of nuns, angels, and saints evoke feelings of terror and fright. Quirky to its design, however, is its altar, which is made of seashells.

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista
Attraction
1.34 km away

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista is a heritage house that nurtured revolutionary minds in the early 19th century. The heritage house was built and designed in 1914 by Arcadio Arellano, a pioneering Filipino architect at that time. Combining both wood and stone materials in a design called bahay na bato, the house structure follows a traditional urban style in the 19th century. Meanwhile, the intricate designs inside were inspired by the geometric floral patterns of the art nouveau movement called Vienna Secession. Its rooms serve as galleries, housing memorabilias of the heroes and revolutionaries that once lived there. It’s notable galleries are the Juan Nakpil Gallery, dedicated to the National Artist in Architecture; the Ariston Bautista Gallery, named after the doctor who owned the house; and the Oriang Gallery, after the wife of the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱2400.00

  • Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila. 
  • Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. 
  • Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo. 

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱1500.00
Experience
Guided food tour
1.98 km away

Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!


Chinatown Museum
₱150.00
Experience
2.00 km away

  • See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
  • Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
  • Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.

Where to stay

Skyloft Hotel
₱1380.00
Hotels and homes
0.48 km away

The Pacific Skyloft Hotel, with its relaxed Modern Asian hospitality vibe is the most convenient hotel to stay in University Belt, whether you are staying to visit your kids, preparing for exam, visiting the University’s hospital or you simply want to relax, Pacific Skyloft Hotel is the perfect place for you in the heart of UNIVERSITY BELT MANILA. It is also an outstanding choice for the discerning business traveler. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel features 77 guest rooms, all designed with clean architectural lines and warm contemporary furnishings.  All rooms and suites are designed for maximum comfort. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel offers a range of hotel facilities including Lobby lounge, M Wellness Hub, Hi-Precision Diagnostic Center, The SPA @ 3rd by Nuat Thai, Fitness Studio, Swimming pool, M Lifestyle Premium Lounge and Roof Manila.Located just beside UST Governor Forbes exit and a few minute walk from Dapitan Gate Exit, this place offers convenience for medical practitioners, students, parents, medical patients, faculties and everyone who desires comfort and centralized atmosphere.Pacific Skyloft Hotel will always live up with its commitment of delivering exquisite experience and best value for your stay. Pacific Skyloft Hotel – a LUXURY FOR ALL.

BGC Boutique Hostel & Dorm - Manila
₱588.00

Being one of the newest yet most affordable competitive boutique hostel in Makati, we provide a wide range of services guaranteed to satisfy your needs whether you’re a business guest, an adventurous traveller or backpacker. As a BGC guest, you will enjoy our complimentary wireless Internet available in all our guest rooms and hostel facilities. All guests also can avail the enjoyable and convenient 24 hours access to the Guest Lounge, which offers free use of microwave oven, unlimited movie channels, working stations, business center services; as well as a dedicated and congenial front desk officer.

Sun Star Grand Hotel
₱1162.00
Hotels and homes
1.07 km away

The hotel is located along the busy streets of Quezon Boulevard near Claro M. Recto Sta. Cruz, Manila. Accessible to LRT 1 and 2, Business District, University Belt and shopping destinations in Divisoria. Room amenity includes: air conditioning, Cable Television with High Definition Channels, toilet and bath and free Wi-Fi access.

Getting there and around

Intramuros, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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