Cities Philippines: Manila
Manila – the capital and the largest city of Philippines, is located on the southwest coast of Luzon, on the shore of the bay of the same name. Tens of tens of kilometers "Big Manila" It is a complex conglomerate of 7 major satellite cities (directly Manila, Keson City, Pasai, Kalocian, Mandaluong, Makati and Pasig) and a dozen small, each with their zoning and characteristic appearance. In total, the city takes more than 680 kV. KM. and historically divided into several regions. After the cruel bombing 1945. Almost the entire city was destroyed, but intensive construction allowed to restore most local attractions.
In the older area of the capital – Intramos (founded in 1571.), the south of the Pasig River, deserve the fastest walls of the XVI in. with a total length of 4.5 km. (now in their thicker there are many picture galleries, restaurants, museums and even aquarium), Fort Santiago (XVI in.), miraculously preserved after the most severe bombing of the city in 1945. Catholic Manila Cathedral (1581 g., Restored in 1954-1958.) opposite the fort, the cathedral. Augustine (1571-1599. – The oldest stone church in the Philippines) and the museum of church art in the building of the old Monastery of Augustinsev, the Kasa-Manila Museum on San Luis Square, the Saujis Shopping Center (Antiques and works of art), numerous colonial buildings of the XVI-XVII centuries., Rojas-Boulevard street, made available to numerous entertainment institutions for adults, Lunet Park with Memorial José Risal, American Cemetery and Coconut Palace.
Rana-Park (60 hectares) with planetarium, concert venues, orchid pavilion, butterflies park and monuments of the Philippine heroes, separates the Intramos from "Tourist belt" The Ermite District, where most hotels in the capital are concentrated. Fashionable restaurants and bars in abundance scattered by Remedios-Syl, Jose-covered Street and neighboring Maria Oroop Street, so from the evening of Friday on Sunday thousands of people are resting here. Interesting Church Malate, Alley on Robinson-Place and the Square of Harrison Plaza opposite the Memorial Stadium Ranal. The National Museum of Philippines is also located in the Ranal Park (rich collection on geology, biology, ethnography and country history) and the National Museum of Philipps.
"Chinatown" Binondo has long been no longer populated by the Chinese. Nowadays, here is the focus of commercial centers, jewelry stores and pharmacies. Church of San Binondo, Church of Church of Church (from here starts the famous January procession in honor of "Black sase"), the area of handling shops under the cjapo bridge ("Sa Llalim Nga Tulay") and a picturesque Chinese cemetery, famous for its mausoleum and crypts of the most diverse architecture.
Makati Area – Financial Center Manila. Numerous skyscrapers, Ayala Museum, Bohemia Mabini, Movie Center for Gloretta, Philippine Heritage Library for Makati-Avenue, American Military Cemetery and Memorial on Mackinley Avenue, Markos Museum in Palace Malakanang for Laulel Street, Commercial Center Makati Park, as well as ultramodern cinema Power Plant.
In the area of Keson City, the Capitol, Colosseum and a wonderful zoo. In the Kalokan City area is the only railway station in the Philippines. Be sure to get acquainted with the Church and the bell tower of Poaay (1704-1894., Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List), Santo Thomas Museum with a collection of exhibits on natural history and archeology, museum of art "Metropolitan", Huana Moon Museum, to inspect the University building (one of the oldest in Southeast Asia) and the Museum of Traditional Philippine Culture, where 32 acres are located all the Isles of the Philippines in Miniature.
In the vicinity of the capital also lies a lot of interesting places – the Lighthouse at Cape Booador (1892., The highest in the country), textile workshops in Poaay (widely known for their fabrics in the national style), famous "Bamboo organ" In the Las Picas region, the factory for the production of famous "Jeep" in Sarao, "Lonely mountain" Arayat (1026 m.), Pagesanian city (63 km. from Manila), near which the famous MacDapio waterfall and picturesque river thresholds are located (it is here that. Coppola rented his film "Apocalypse Now") and T. D.
In the throat of the Manila Gulf is the infamous island of Currechidor, for the possession of which fierce fights in the years of World War II. Now it is interesting for the ruins of the fortresses of those times, the network of Malita tunnels (the location of the temporary headquarters of General Maccatur), as well as the Japanese cemetery, a small museum and the flooded memorial. Laguna Province (45 km. Southeast of the capital), where many hot sorny sources and resorts are focused on them – Kuyab, Los Banos (there is also a unique Research Institute of Rice), Pansol and DR.
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