The Philippine islands are well known as a popular beach resort, but the archipelago can be proud not only of its beautiful nature because this country is home to many interesting historical landmarks and amazing old buildings. Fort Pilar, which is located in Zamboanga City, has become a signature sight of the country. The fort was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century in order to protect the city from attacks of pirates and other hostile tribes. The complex is surrounded by a tall stone wall, there are also traces of a ditch on perimeter. The fort has been transformed into a museum that currently exhibits a large collection of architectural findings. Don't forget to visit the chapel of Virgin Mary and the garden that is also located in Fort Pilar. This place is a favorite destination of rest not only for tourists but also for locals, who enjoy charming and cozy atmosphere of the fort. There are many wonderful parkways and benches, where one can seat, relax and enjoy birdsong.
Taal Volcano remains one of the most famous natural landmarks of the country. This volcano is also known as the smallest active volcano in the world. Its height is only 350 metres, and there is a lake in the spiracle. Travelers are welcome to climb up to its top and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the area.
The most famous religious landmark of the Philippines is located in the capital of the country, Manila. This is San Agustin Church, the building of which was finished in 1607. The church's arc is decorated with magnificent sculptures of lions, and its spacious niches are decorated with statues of saints. The magnificent ceiling made by famous Italian masters remains the biggest attraction of the church.
The Orchid Gallery is one more famous attraction of the capital. This park is located right in the heart of the city. The gallery was founded not long ago - yet ten years ago this place was nothing but an ordinary parking lot. Nowadays, the park features numerous winding cozy roads, charming observation decks, bridges, flower beds and trees. There are also several miniature waterfalls, fountains and man-made lakes in the park. Beautiful fretted benches, sculptures and arbors - this magnificent place is really worth visiting. When you visit the park, don't forget to attend the pavilion of butterflies that was open by initiative of internationally famous company Nokia.
When you're done with Manila, it's time to move to another beautiful place - Cebu. The vicinity of this city is home to Taoist Temple, a beautiful Chinese monastery that was open in 1972. The building is located on the top of a hill, from which visitors will enjoy stunning panoramic looks of the coastline and neighbor islands. The monastery is quite unusual from an architectural point of view - it's made out of colorful stones and its facade is decorated with traditional Chinese dragons.
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