Paoay Church

Top choice in North Luzon

Nineteen kilometres southwest of Laoag is North Luzon’s most famous church. Unesco World Heritage–listed Paoay Church was built in classic earthquake-baroque style, with a towering belfry and massive brick reinforcements running along its sides. Begun in 1704 and finished 90 years later, it’s architecturally unique: an incongruous yet beautiful blend of Gothic, Chinese, Japanese and even Javanese influences.

Notice how the layered profile bears resemblance to the famous stepped pyramid of Borobudur in Indonesia. Take a jeepney from Laoag to Paoay via Batad.

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