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- Philippines were the most remote outpost of Spanish Empire and the first thing one notices after visiting this museums after those in Mexico, Peru or Ecuador is the absence of great colonial at form 16th, 17th and 18th century. This may also be due to the fact that Manila was so heavily destroyed, including most colonial buildings in intramuros during the Japanese occupation and American bombing. One exception are retablos on Seven session of the cross from a church on the island of Bohol which still has some great colonial churches.
There is also a great deal of information on the liberation of the city from Japanese occupation and some halls displaying paintings of leading 19th century paintings as well as Rizal: his portraits by other painters and his own artistic work.Written 26 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It is beautifully restored and kept clean. Signages and information on items are good. I hope they can continue to maintain it.Written 6 September 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nearly all historical sites around Intramuros Manila are closed for now , during to coronavirus restrictions...
It was still interesting to walk around the streets inside this historical Manila locationWritten 7 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Huge mall . It has almost everything that you are looking for . Except the ultra luxury boutiques. High in security. Not the shady feels. Lots of restaurants, shops , coffee places , supermarket and everything else.Written 16 July 2022
- Closely associated with the Augustinian presence in the Philippines, this church is one of the oldest churches in the country founded in the 16th century. It has an impressive structure, with amazing frescoes on the ceiling, very rich religious refurbishment, beautiful antique statues of saints, etc. Not to miss is the main altar, the pulpit, the choir loft, and the room on the left of the main altar where the tomb containing the mortal remains of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (founder of the city of Manila in 1571) is found. With all its cultural wealth to offer and rich history, it is not surprising that this church, dedicated to Saint Paul and not really to Saint Augustine, has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It's definitely worth-visiting!Written 11 September 2022
- Other museums may boast of collections of every sort, but San Agustin Museum has the best in terms of religious items ... from religious articles (statues of Saints, liturgical vestments, books, linens, vessels and other paraphernalia) to objects related to the history of the early Augustinian missions in the Philippines and abroad. Everything is well documented and displayed in a very orderly way.
The museum is adjacent to the San Pablo Church (aka San Agustin Church) and is divided into two floors built around a cloister. There are different exhibit rooms. Not to miss are the room dedicated to the works of Father Blanco (an Augustinian botanist), the antique jars' room, the old sacristy, the community Chapter Room, the gallery of statues of Saints, the choir loft, etc. The grand staircase leading to the second floor is lovely, while all the corridors around the cloister are instagrammable and evoke a sense of nostalgia. Entrance fee is Php 200 for adults.Written 11 September 2022
- Nice cathedral and worth a quick stop when in Intramuros and touring a lot of the colonial places - nicely situatedWritten 8 August 2022
- Interesting internal architecture coupled with some interesting exhibits (say hello to the big Croc, you will know him when you see him) showing a wide variety of subjects. There is a lot to cover, not as much as the (main) National Museum, but something for everyone I would have thought. A good concentration on exhibits on creatures of the ocean.Written 15 August 2022
- This park is very nice and very big and has a few things to do including buying green mangos from vendors but overall the park is a bit disorganizedWritten 8 August 2022
- The place is not as good as it was more than 10 years ago when we first visited it. Some areas looked dilapidated, the lobby looked gloomy. For P680, there is nothing much to see.
What is so so sad is with that state, my less than 2-year old granddaughter who does not understand so much what she sees but cannot be left in the car had to pay P680 just because she is a bit higher than 2 feet. Note that the others even nearing 5 years old did not pay ( as I checked with my seatmate in the sealion show).
On the bird show, I thought the acts done were just part of the introduction so I saved and was preparing my cellphone to take a video when I realized that was already it. The sea lion show is ok.
Hoping the management will consider maintaining and enlivining the place to make the price worthy and revisit if they will really collect fee for a less than 2-year old or 2 feet, may be 3 feet is more reasonable.Written 18 September 2022
- The house on display was very impressive. It wasn't difficult to imagine how a privileged family lived in that kind of house. Signs were very detailed and informative.Written 7 January 2020
- I've been to the National Museum of Fine Arts years ago and was not aware that there are other National Museum buildings around like the Natural History and Anthropology.
During my last visit, i think we paid an entrance fee but now, it's totally free. The building is undergoing minor renovation from the outside but it won't spoil your visit don't worry. Overall i was really amazed especially with the San Diego warship of the Spanish navy.
The trade between various Asian cultures is nice too. There are other interesting things too which are too many to mention. This should be in anyone's wishlist. One day is not enough i guess to be fully immersed.
I wish i am able to read all the description and look into the artifact's details and all that but time is so limited. I might visit this place again if i have the time but i will have to come early next time.Written 17 March 2020
- This bay is very dirty and some of the largest slums are adjacent to it but it is still lovely to look atWritten 8 August 2022
- One of the historical place that you need to visit in Philippines, through this place you will understand the history of the country. Old and classyWritten 16 October 2020
- Majestically rising up in a square, this church commands attention. Colourful, towering statues are dotted around the perimeter and inside the church. Always busy with worshippers. It is next door to Quiapo Market.Written 6 May 2022
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