paoay church

being there for the first time felt like i was transported into the past. i was struck by its beauty and old-charm both inside and out.

paoay church

paoay church

the catholic church of san agustine is one of the most well-known baroque churches of the philippines. it is popularly known as paoay church which was built by the spanish in the late 16th century. it is famous for its massive buttresses on the sides and back constructed to survive the tests of times, earthquakes in particular.

located in paoay, ilocos norte, northern philippines, paoay church is a unesco world heritage site.

the bell tower is made of coral stone and stands a safe distance away from the church. it is quite impressive and its deep history adds to its present charm.

bell tower

bell tower

β€œfourteen buttresses are ranged along the lines of a giant volute supporting a smaller one and surmounted by pyramidal finials. a pair of buttresses at the midpoint of each nave wall has stairways for access to the roof.” source: unesco/clt/whc

massive buttresses

massive buttresses

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9 Responses to paoay church

  1. Gorgeous photos, Lola. The bell tower is stunning. πŸ™‚

  2. arlene says:

    It is always a joy to visit old churches here in our country, they replete with history.

  3. rommel says:

    Ang ganda, AYUS! Philippines just have the best antique churches! Saw Paoay sand dunes in the internet … did you get to see it?

  4. bebs1 says:

    Whenever we have visitors in Ilocos we bring them North – all the way here as it is only a day trip for us.

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