Puerta de Reina Isabel, Intramuros, Manila
The last gate to be built at Intramuros during the Spanish Era, the gate was built in 1868 as a replacement to the ruined Puerta de Santo Domingo nearby. It was named after Queen Isabel, the only queen of Spain.
During the American Period the streetcars of Manila entered Intramuros to the Santo Tomas Station through this gate.
Also within this gate is a bronze statue of Queen Isabel herself, first housed in Plaza Arroceros (Lawton) but transferred to exile in the plaza in front of Malate Church until a typhoon toppled it in the 70’s. Eventually it was finally placed in Intramuros in front of the gate named after her, in time for the visit of his descendant then Prince Juan Carlos of Spain. He is now the King of Spain.
Vintage Photo Source: Intramuros of Memory by Jaime Laya and Esperanza Gatbonton.