Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Gates of Intramuros - Puerta de Postigo

This is no ordinary gate. In 1896, Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal passed through this gate when he walked from Fort Santiago to his execution site in Bagumbayan. Built in 1662, the Postigo led to the palaces of the Governor General and the Archbishop of Manila. The gate was renovated in 1782 and was moved by a few meters. It was restored in 1968 after it had been damaged in the Battle of Manila in 1945. The bridge was excavated and restored from 1982 to 1983.

Please take note that the land area outside of the walled city was converted into a golf course when the Americans arrived. The Americans decided to convert the stinking moat into a golf course instead of harboring diseases for the City of Manila. 

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