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Information about Aduana Building

4.5
36 Google reviews
Type
Tourist Attraction
Location
29 Solana St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Distance From City Center
0.9 km
High Season
Winter
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
4.5
Number of reviews
36

Aduana Building

The Aduana Building, also known as the Intendencia, is situated just outside Intramuros, Manila's historic city. Originally constructed in the 1820s as a customs house, it has been through many periods of demolition and renewal, beginning in 1863, when the structure was almost entirely ruined by the same powerful earthquake that leveled most of the old city. 

It was rebuilt in the mid-1870s and performed numerous government functions — National Archives service, first home of the Philippines Senate, and again the Bureau of Customs — before being destroyed during World War II's original and final bombing campaigns. Following rebuilding, it was used as the headquarters of several government departments until it was eventually demolished in 1979 after a catastrophic fire.

 

How to get there

Aduana Building is located in Magallanes Dr, Intramuros, Manila. You can get to Magallanes Street by riding a jeepney, bus or train (via LRT-1; make sure to alight at the Central Terminal Station). Once there, you can walk or ride a pedicab going to the venue.

 

Best time to visit

It is an all-year round destination, perfect for sightseeing and admiring its neoclassical architecture anytime of day.

 

Frequently asked questions

What are the main features of Aduana Building?

This two-story governmental structure is designed in the Neo-Classical style, with an emphasis on horizontality and symmetrical shape, especially on the façade. Around the two atriums, the central bay had three arched entrances and two main staircases

Are there any restoration plans for Aduana Building?

Yes, there are. Since the Aduana has been planned for a long time, the schematic plans for the rebuilt building are complete and only need to be applied. The proposals include a museum and reading room to enable the public to enjoy the heritage building while still providing access to records owned by NAP.