Puerta (plural: Puertas) is the Spanish word for "gate(/s)" which are the gates in the Philippine Walled city of Intramuros.
Gates Facing The West
Puerta de Banderas
Built in 1662 as the Governor-General's gate when the first Governor's palace is still located in Fort Santiago. Destroyed during an earthquake.
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Puerta de Postigo
Built in 1662. Led to the palaces of Governor-General and Archbishop of Manila. Original gate located several meters to the left. Renovated in 1782. National hero Jose Rizal passed through this gate from Fort Santiago to his execution at Bagumbayan in 1896. Damaged during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Restored in 1968
Puerta de Sta. Lucia
Built in 1603, this is one of the original entrances to the Walled City. It underwent improvements in the late 18th century. Became favored as an entry point to Malecon Drive, a promenade area along the seashore. Gate was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945 to allow the entry of American tanks into the city. Gate restored in 1982
Gate Facing The South
Built in 1663. Used exclusively by the Governor-General for state occasions. Original gate at the right of Baluartede San Andres and faced the village of Bagumbayan. Destroyed during the British invasion in 1762.Present Puerta... Read More