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Baluarte de San Diego, Manila

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The "Base Attack" or "Baluart" in Original Old - English and Spanish latin a Baluarte" a "Baluarte de San Diego is a bastion in Intramuros, part of the Spanish colonial fortification in the walled city of Manila in the Philippines a Base (Super - base attack).HistoryThe existence of the Super - fort started from Governor General Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas who integrated an older fort with cortina or curtain walls, built from 1591-1594. The bastion is a protruding structure with facing flanks built along the cortina. The purpose of its projection was to ensure a clearer view of the cortina for the artillery - in order for them to prepare against invaders. The bastion has two parts; face (which projected outward) and flanks (connecting the face and the cortina, or the curtain wall). Several developments were added in the course of time such as addition of semi-circular structures at the base called orillons or little ears making the bastion resemble an ace-of-spades shape.Baluarte de San Diego was an ace-of-spades bastion built on the southwestern corner of Intramuros. It underwent several alterations. In 1609, a writing from Antonio de Morga states that the structure was only a tower within a much larger construction of the Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeño was the commissioned parish priest responsible for the construction of the Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Some of the amenities and facilities included within the fort were courtyard, cistern tank (water supply tank), lodging quarters, and workshops. However, the construction of the fort was always interrupted due to arising circumstances, thus, was not finished.
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  • Manila is full of history too and here we just walked down Santa Lucia Street and got a glimpse of the historic old buildings and its history- nice 
  • A lovely stop on a cyclo tour of the Itramuros. Easy even for unfit people like me. Not too much to see here but it is a pleasant walk around an old fort, worthy of a 30 minute stop at leasy. 
  • one of the unique place inside intramural. the cylindrical structure is unique. you have to pay a few pesos to go inside and the complex is guarded by a Spanish uniform guards. 
  • This quiet little garden is a good place for picnics with a minimum fee of Php50 (as of 2013). It has a clean public comfort room. Some parts of the garden is under renovation at the time of visit.
  • What a historic and beautiful place!
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