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.
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.
“fourteen 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