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“Nice Plaza / Open Space with lots of benches”

University of Santo Tomas
Ranked #3 of 114 things to do in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

The plaza in front of the main building is spacious and has been freed of crossing traffic (pedestrianized) which gives you an unimpeded view. If you don’t have much time and you are not an alumnus, you can just get a mandatory picture with the Main Building and the Arch of the Centuries fronting the entrance to España.

There are other places to see like the museum, the chapel and the sculpture for their 400th year.

If you are in the area, this is a good stopover. You can just sit on the many benches. When alone, just don’t be annoyed at the young lovers who frequent the area.

Thank smartsmartin
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

pretty historic area. we were passing by when we saw the arch and decided to stop and have a look at whole university. well worth visit if in area

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

One of the oldest universities in the Philippines and probably in Asia and in the world.Always comes back here from time to time :)

Thank Cynthia L
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

The first time I went here I really fell in love. Now that I'm a student here the beauty of the Oldest University in Asia never gets old especially during Paskuhan.

Thank 22Michael98
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

I believe its the oldest university in Asia. You can go in as a visitor and walk around their little museum area which is quite cute. the university itself is beautiful.
If you go during classes you will see students from different faculties wear different uniforms which look awesome.
I wouldn't take a whole day to look at this though. its good for a short history lesson.
also there are many places to eat and shop around there

Thank carla g
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