When visiting Intramuros, not to be missed is the San Agustin Museum housed in the monastery adjacent to the San Agustin Church. After paying the entrance fee and handing over your bags to the guard, you will be welcomed by a giant bell in the middle of the room. Right away, you will notice the rich collection of paintings, statues, artifacts, and furniture–all dating back from the 16th century.
As you walk in the corridors and imagine what this place was like hundreds of years ago, you get struck in awe by the sculptures and paintings on display and start to marvel at them more intently. You look at the fine details. You try to figure out the story behind each piece. You try to connect to the distant past.
After exploring the ground floor, you can walk through the stairs, slowly, looking up to the ornate ceiling, like you want to summon a 16th-century feeling in the steps of Hogwarts.
The stairs lead you to the second level of the monastery which has more rooms and collections from Mexico and Spain, two of the countries that shaped the European influence on Philippine culture. Here, you find more paintings, a rich porcelain collection, photos of churches, and garments worn by the Augustinian priests. Flash photography is not allowed in the museum, so everything in the rooms is for your eyes only.
SAN AGUSTIN MUSEUM
Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
Open from 8AM to 12PM, 1PM-6PM daily.
Contact Numbers: 632.527.2746, 632.527.4052
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