When the Spanish were here they started Intramuros as their Capital in Asia. They began the walls that surrounded the city in 1571 and the entire complex wasn't finished until 150 years later. Later the US took control and it became the Colonial Headquarters. It became the Pacific Allied Headquarters following WW II.
We did go into one cathedral that is currently being used. A wedding was just about to start as we entered. They were taking a lot of pictures, so one more camera was not noticed. (2nd picture)
The original wall of the city still stands in some areas. the wall is 40 plus feet across and in some areas it housed stables or prisons for American and Philippine soldiers. Just behind Becky is the top or the wall. (photo 3) (sorry it only downloaded part way)
The trip was eventful, but the traffic was terrible. Bumper to bumper - slow and tedious - yah, we got lost a few times from bad directions, but we survived - time for a new adventure!