Manila is a city located on the Luzon Island. This is one of the most dynamic and modern cities in the south-east Asia. Manila has a very good infrastructure and is known as a conglomerate consisting of seven major cities - Manila, Pasay City, Quezon City, Pasay City, Mandaluyong, Kalookan, Makati and Pasig.
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Originally one could see the Sanyago fort right at the entrance of the city. In XVI century there was located a bamboo fortress, and the Manila Cathedral was built right in front of it. Sadly, only church of St. Augustine and the museum have survived after the period of war. However, the main historical sight of Manila is its main street named Calle Real.
Intramuros is the heart of Manila. This is a wall, which has protected the first Spanish settlement from a variety of attacks. The wall stands even nowadays. The church of St. Augustine and the restored fort are the great examples of the colonial architecture. Manila museum exhibits works of the ancient church art and other artifacts that represent the culture of Philippines. A huge complex of buildings named Plaza San Luis is the location of galleries of ancient art, Cash Manila Museum, and various cafes and restaurants. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Ermita district is the most popular area in Manila as it is located near the magnificent Manila Bay and Rizal Park.
The Greenbelt Chapel is a very unusual attraction. It is quite unlike those Catholic churches that can be seen in other cities. This chapel is built in the shape of a dome. It is located in a beautiful landscaped garden. A few steps from the chapel, there are artificial ponds where carp swim. Here, you can also watch majestic swans. Many interesting sculptures are found on the territory of the park surrounding the chapel.
The most visited cultural site in the city is the Ayala Museum. Its opening was in 1967. Now within the walls of the museum, there is a rich collection of archeological and ethnographic exhibits that were brought here from various regions of the Philippine Islands. The most unusual exhibits are hand dioramas, on which the most important moments from the history of the Philippines are captured.
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Fans of unusual attractions will like the Shoe Museum, which bears the name of the famous actress Imelda Marcos. She was a great lover of exclusive shoes. Today in the museum, besides the belongings of Imelda Marcos, you can also see pairs of shoes that belonged to other world celebrities. The Shoe Museum located in Manila, is a record holder of the Guinness Book of Records. It presents visitors, the largest collection of shoes in the world.
In the immediate vicinity of Manila is the ancient village of Las Pinas, excursions to which are also very popular. In this village, the beautiful Church of St. Joseph is preserved. In 1824, the local priest independently designed an organ from bamboo for it. It continues to function even now. This organ is the only one of its kind in the world. It is especially interesting to visit the ancient church in February, when the traditional festival of organ music is held in the village.
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Rizal Park, which is often called the green lungs of the city, invites you to relax from the bustle of Manila's guests. This huge park will amaze with a variety of decorative ornaments. In its territory, there is a planetarium and an aquarium. Also, many playgrounds and attractions are built here. In the eastern side of the park, there is an artificial pond, along which you can ride a boat. Not so long ago on this pond, appeared an unusual decoration - a miniature copy of the Philippine archipelago.
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Sightseeing in Philippines: things to see
The Philippine islands are well known as a popular beach resort, but the archipelago can be proud not only of its beautiful nature because this country is home to many interesting historical landmarks and amazing old buildings. Fort Pilar, which is located in Zamboanga City, has become a signature sight of the country. The fort was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century in order to protect the city from attacks of pirates and other hostile tribes. The complex is surrounded by a tall stone wall, there are also traces of a ditch on perimeter. The fort has been transformed into a museum that currently exhibits a large collection of architectural findings. Don't forget to visit the chapel of Virgin Mary and the garden that is also located in Fort Pilar. This place is a favorite destination of rest not only for tourists but also for locals, who enjoy charming and cozy atmosphere of the fort. There are many wonderful parkways and benches, where one can seat, relax and enjoy birdsong.