Take a Virtual Tour of Manila’s Intramuros from the safety of your home

Virtual Tour Manila Intramuros
The online exhibits virtually showcase historical art pieces and scenic walks found in Intramuros City. Photos from the virtual tour.

You can now take a virtual tour of Intramuros from the safety of your home while under community lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.

With everyone practicing social distancing even with the quarantine easing up in some areas, the Intramuros Administration offers its free virtual Google Arts & Culture tours open for download and viewing of historical sights anytime within the safety of our own homes.

The Google Arts & Culture app is a virtual reality app that can be downloaded on a gadget or viewed on its official website. It was made to bring famous artworks and galleries to wherever a user is with the touch of a button.

With this platform, the official redevelopers of the Walled City have uploaded 3D tours of the city grounds for people to view, as well as dozens of statuettes, busts, and art pieces found in Intramuros for close up viewing, much like a real tour.

There are currently 17 city walks available under the Intramuros Administration page, from the stonework of Baluarte de San Andres to the green gardens of Puerta Real. Anyone can “walk” the inner city online to while away quarantined hours or to plan future hours spent on the actual city grounds when they finally reopen to visitors.

The world-famous Walled City of Intramuros in Manila offers many historical views and artifacts. Photo from IA.

Among the myriad of 183 individual art pieces, certain works have been chosen for seven different Online Exhibit Stories. These Stories display the works with written commentary relating them together, perfect for those who like learning the context behind the historic figurines.

The Intramuros Administration bids to “[promote] Intramuros as a national heritage site” in a timely manner, and at a time where no one can physically visit the city, they managed to bring the city to us.

The Intramuros Administration had recently celebrated it’s 41st anniversary, and has thus celebrated by paying tribute to historical figures through an online series.

If there are any plans to visit the Walled City in real life once the quarantine is lifted, visitors can be pleased to know that renovations are frequently being done to ensure the preservation of the historical landmark, including the opening of the museum at night to the addition of lighting on city grounds and the special night tours at Fort Santiago.

Try the Intramuros virtual tour on the Google Arts & Culture here and TELL US about your favorite spot in the Walled City of Manila.

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