30 Photos of Intramuros Through the Years


Intramuros is one of the oldest districts of Manila, and its walls are filled with nostalgia for a bygone era. Here's a collection of vintage Intramuros photos that shows what life was like back then.

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Intramuros' old walls and moat

Walls and surrounding moat of Intramuros, unknown date but probably 1800s

Inside the walled city, early 1900s

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1908 or before


One of the prominent streets in Intramuros

A prominent street in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, late 19th or early 20th Century  This is probably General Luna street but it could be Cabildo Street

Postigo del Palacio, the entryway for high-ranking officials

Postigo del Palacio Gate, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1898

The Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1880 or before.

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Puerta del Parian, one of the original gates of the city

Revellin del Parian, Puerta del Parian, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, about 1880

A group of Filipino children sitting on old Spanish cannons

Old Spanish cannons, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines  Late 19th or early 20th Century

A view of the Pasig River from Intramuros

Intramuros, Pasig River, Aduana Building, Baluarte de Santo Domingo, Magallanes Monument, Manila. Philippines, late 1800s


Colegio de San José on Cabildo and Andra Street

College of San Jose, Cabildo & Anda Street, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1887

Back when horses were a primary mode of transportation

Puerta Real Gate, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines,  Late 19th or early 20th Century

Plaza Santo Tomas

Plaza Santo Tomas, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, late 19th or early 20th century

Puerta de Almacenes

Inside  Puerta de Almacenes Gate, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, late 19th or early 20th Century

Two Filipinos walk down a stairway

Grand stairway of the Almacenes Curtain Wall along Maestranza, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines late 19th or early 20th Century


The Manila High School

Manila High School, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, early 1900s (12)

A man poses among Spanish cannons

Spanish Cannons, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines 1902

Inside the Recoletos Church

Inside view of Recoletos Church, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1905

Calle Real, the main street of Intramuros

Calle Real, main street of Intramuros, view from top of Parian Gate, Manila, Philippines 1906

Another view of Calle Real

Real Street, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1927


The Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, Unknown date (Early 20th century up to 1930)

The Aduana Building

Intendencia Building (Aduana Building), Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1919-1926

The original Manila Army and Navy Club

Army & Navy YMCA, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, undated, probably 1920s

St. Paul's Hospital

(2) St. Paul's Hospital, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 1927

Another view of the Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, unknown date, (Early 20th century up to 1930s)


Santo Domingo Church

Santo Domingo Church, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, ca. 1920-1940 (1)

An aerial view of Intramuros

Intramuros looking northwest, Manila, Philippines, Feb. 20, 1934

Muralla Street

Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, before Dec. 1941

Baluarte de San Andres

Baluarte de San Andres, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, Dec. before the 21st, 1941

An aerial view of Intramuros after the Battle of Manila

Intramuros, Manila, Philippiines, Just after the Battle for Manila 1945


Survivors from the Battle of Manila

WWII… freed survivors of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, February 23, 1945 (2)

A man stands next to a Japanese artillery gun

Japanese artillery gun just outside the walls of Intramuros.  Manila City Hall in the background, 1945

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