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Paco Park, Manila

Paco Park Overview

Paco Park stretches upto an area of 4,114.80 m2 (44,291.3 sq ft). It is a recreational garden area and situated in General Luna St. It is precisely located at the east end of Padre Faura Street in Paco district in the City of Manila, the Philippines. If one turns the pages of history, it can be found that Paco Park was once a Manila’s municipal cemetery. It is said that it was constructed by the Dominicans.

History

Paco Park was initially designed as a municipal cemetery for the rich and aristocratic Spanish families living in old Manila. The park was also used by Japanese forces in the second world war as central supply and ammunition depot. In the year 1966, the park was turned into National Park.

Architecture

Paco Park is expounded by circular shape. It has an inner circular fort, which is referred to as the original cemetery. The walls were contrived to be hollow, so that these could easily serve the purpose of niches. Later, the second outer wall was also built. For making promenades, the top of the walls were turned into pathways. The inside of the walls also has domed Roman Catholic chapel. It is small in size and dedicated to St. Pancratius.

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