If you had trouble hauling your ass to the walled city of Intramuros to soak in some culture before the lockdown even started, there’s zero chance of doing it now. Luckily the popular Manila heritage site has recently opened its digital doors through an expansive virtual tour.
The Intramuros Administration said on Tuesday that it encourages the public to view the site’s “extensive collection of artifacts through an online exhibit as well as our sites, parks and plazas” The project was made in partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
While you can technically do these things on Google Street View, the website’s virtual tour puts Intramuros’ 17 museums in one place and currently has on view six online exhibits of Filipino saints just in time for Lent, which starts on April 9.
The tours meanwhile, include a walk through Fort Santiago, lounging by the fountains of Plaza Roma, and even sliding through the tunnels of Puerta Real—all at your own pace (you can trudge under the heat of the sun some other time when everything goes back to normal).
The walled 67-hectare land which was around since the Spanish era was restored and redeveloped in 1979. The beloved heritage site attracts a large number of local and foreign tourists who visit for its pre-war structures and cobbled streets, preserved lush gardens, museums, and historic tours.
“The Intramuros Administration wishes everyone’s good health and safety during these challenging times. As we look forward to the day that we can pay a visit to our beloved Walled City,” its management said.
The Walled City of Intramuros is at 1002 Manila, (normally) open 8am to 11pm daily (but closed until further notice)
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