Baluarte de San Diego, Manila

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The Baluarte de San Diego is a bastion in Intramuros, part of the Spanish colonial fortification in the walled city of Manila in the Philippines.HistoryThe existence of the 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.Archaeological excavationThe archaeological excavation of Bastion de San Diego was conducted by Intramuros Administration and the National Museum from 1979 up to December 1982. Dog-leash method was used due to the sandy soil condition of the site. This method involved measuring the location of artifacts and their distances from a single control point, and orienting their location toward a datum point.
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  • Not so crowded unlike fort Santiago. My son really loves it also my in-laws and my mom. We really had a good and relaxing time there. :)  more »
  • Our kids loved exploring the Baluarte and Japanese gardens. There was a lot of interesting things to look at and wonder about. We walked all over, climbing the stairs to look down a maze like circular...  more »
  • From this hidden away corner of Intramuros you can visit the charming garden and access a great section of the old city walls with the best views out on the Manila skyline.  more »
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  • Great events place. So rich with history. If you're planning to exchange vows here, make sure to check the weather channel first.
  • This is the best part of the Intramuros Wall. From this hidden away corner of Intramuros you can visit the charming garden and access a great section of the old city walls with the best views out on the Manila skyline.
  • one of the best views along Intramuros Manila.. best choice for events
  • Beautiful place to take photos. Be careful with flying gulf balls
  • A beautiful place to walk around in the sunset view, cool and relaxing

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