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About Baluarte de San Diego

Designed and built by Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeño from 1586 to 1587, it is one of the oldest stone fortifications in Intramuros. Began as a circular fort called Nuestra Señora de Guia, renovated in 1953 to join the walls of the city. Fort fell in despair and in 1614, construction began for a new Baluarte which was completed between 1653 and 1663. Resembling an ace of spades, it housed a foundry during the 18th century.

The Baluarte was breached by British forces with cannon fire in 1762. Restored and strengthened after British occupation but was damaged during the 1863 earthquake. It was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Restoration began in 1979 and was completed in 1992.

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Built in 1586 in the shape of an ace of spades, this stone fort now features a bonsai display.

This stone fort was built in 1586 and shaped like an ace-of-spades. In 1979, Presidential Decree No. 1616. MANDATE It is the responsibility of the IA to restore and develop Intramuros, a monument to our Hispanic history. It will ensure that Intramuros' appearance conforms to Philippine-Spanish architecture from the 16th through the 19th centuries. MISSION IA's mission is to preserve and protect the historic and cultural significance and value of Intramuros, while encouraging and guiding the urban development within the city.

This will contribute to strengthening the Filipino nation s sense of belonging and pride. IA sees Intramuros as a model urban location that preserves and sustains people and their lives, while contributing to socio-economic and national heritage. As amended, FUNCTIONS include the ability to formulate, coordinate, or implement policies regarding all programs, projects, and activities of government that affect or relate to Intramuros. This power includes the power of delegating any government official to any specific function or activity.

Initiate and plan the restoration, maintenance, and upkeep of Intramuros' walls including the Sunken Garden, ravelins and moat. Enter into agreements with private persons or agencies, domestic and foreign, to discharge its duties and responsibilities to the development of Intramuros.

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on Mon Mar 06 2023
This scenic spot isn't suitable for photographing. Personal tip: If you want to take photos of people, avoid the location in Figure 3. Please respect history and stay clear of this position.
on Mon Feb 27 2023
Prepare a letter of permission from the school or professor if you plan to make a video. You will then need to complete the form to scan in your QR code/link. Regular admission is P75, while students, PWD and seniors pay P50. Your ID is required. It is forbidden to pick flowers. Please do not litter.
on Mon Feb 27 2023
Many Wangcheng District liars ride bikes to transport people. After charging 200 pesos for each person for a half hour they'll ride you five minutes to the fortress and then ask for tickets. After going round the fortress about twenty minutes and getting ready to head to the next spot, the liar claimed that it took almost half an hour and demanded ... see more
on Sun Feb 19 2023
The place was empty at lunchtime. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of it. For students over 50 years old, the entrance fee is only 75 PHP.
on Thu Feb 16 2023
Great Views and Experience.
on Sun Feb 05 2023
This place is highly recommended for its historical significance.
on Mon Jan 30 2023
This is the only spot that's quiet in Manila. It's definitely worth a few visits
on Mon Jan 23 2023
You can walk to the Manila Cathedral without paying an entrance fee. It is well worth it.
on Tue Jan 17 2023
This is one of the most underrated tourist spots in Manila. It's clean and has a lot of history. The staff are very friendly. We were given a tour by the guard who gave us some history on the area. He also took pictures.
on Sat Jan 07 2023
I was immediately struck by how busy the gate looked. There were many people taking pictures, others playing and eating.
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