San Nicolas, West of Binondo, is a district that survived the war intact. In and around Madrid and Lavezares Streets you can find some run down but marvellous 19th century old houses with pearl windows and elaborate carvings. Those houses are truly authentic and magnificent.
This district has probably the biggest collection of 19th-century houses that still exist in Manila.
It seems that those houses are just waiting to be demolished. Actually I saw quite a lot of new buildings being constructed. It is too bad that the owners of those marvellous houses don’t have the money to renovate them. My advice is to visit this neighbourhood as soon as possible and take a lot of pictures. I fear that in ten years time the whole neighbourhood might be just another concrete jungle. I feel bad because I know it will not be saved for future generations. Sad, very sad.
Where: San Nicolas neighbourhood, West of Binondo, in the area of Madrid, Lavezares and San Nicolas Streets.
My rating: 10/10. Even if they are in a far state of decay those 19th century old houses have still a lot of charm. I saw a lot of lovely windows, doorways and panels decorated with stars & flowers.
I felt in LOVE with this neighbourhood and I will go back often for more discoveries.
Source: My Sarisari Store
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