National Library, Manila

National Library, Manila

If you love researching and getting to know new things, there is no place like a library. Filled with books about history and insights on the culture, the National Library of the Philippines is a must visit in Manila. Located in Ermita in Rizal Park, the National Library is housed in a huge complex and boasts an enormous collection of rare books, documents and manuscripts.

Although, the National Library is an abundant source of history and literature, it is also witness to the history of the land. The library was initiated in the last decade of the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines. The 24th of October 1891, saw the inauguration of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, a proud Filipino library that boasted an even prouder collection of about 100 Filipino books.

Sadly, the collection of books and the library were severely damaged during the Philippine- American War. After the war, the books were taken by the American Circulating Library Association of Manila for the sole purpose of entertaining the American sailors and settlers in Manila. This subsequent library was dedicated to the American soldiers who lost their lives fighting the locals.

The Library grew and flourished under the American Association. However, the collection soon got too cumbersome for them to handle. This period saw the shift in authority, where the Philippine government took over and thus started the trend of a public library in the country.

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Sight Name: National Library
Sight Location: Manila, Philippines
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 2  

Walking Tours in Manila, Philippines

Create Your Own Walk in Manila

Create Your Own Walk in Manila

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Cubao District Walking Tour in Manila

Cubao District Walking Tour in Manila

The Cubao District is a wealthy part of the city, rich in mega-markets and large cultural buildings. This is the district that hosts some of the largest department stores chains. Araneta Center is a place worth seeing - both as an interesting building and as a cultural spot. The buildings are beautiful, and there are a few large parks as well. This tour will give you the opportunity to see life in Manila the way it really is - natural and free.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1

Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Places of Worship in Manila, Part I

Places of Worship in Manila, Part I

Manila is a wonderful city. Part of its beauty consists of many glorious buildings. Religious buildings in Manila have a special way of attracting many visitors. Unique architecture, a delicate mixture of styles and exclusive interiors make these edifices shine in the sun and create an extremely attractive venue. Take this tour to see and admire some of the most stunning places of worship in Manila.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Traditional Markets Tour in Manila

Traditional Markets Tour in Manila

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Places of Worship in Manila, Part II

Places of Worship in Manila, Part II

Manila is a wonderful city. Part of its beauty consists of many glorious buildings. Religious buildings in Manila have a special way of attracting many visitors. Unique architecture, a delicate mixture of styles and exclusive interiors make these edifices shine in the sun and create an extremely attractive venue. We offer you a second chance to see many more stunning places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Museums in Manila, Self-Guided Tour

Museums in Manila, Self-Guided Tour

Every country has its own history, habits and special things. As Manila is the capital of the Philippines - it is most beneficial to visit these museum first. In order to meet the locals, the Philippine way of life - we made this guide to include museums that best describe the history, traditions and habits of the local people. Beautiful buildings hide secrets of the past - and you are welcome to discover the knowledge and the beauties they contain.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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