We had been travelling the whole day and I was kinda tired. Seeing the architecture of Paoay Church energized me. It was already 2:30PM when we arrived in Paoay Church, we just came from visiting Marcos Museum in Batac City, Ilocos. We just had a short stop since our tour guide knew we would spend more time in Paoay Sand Dunes. Ana Mae just stayed inside the van. That is okay, she had no idea how significant the church is to the Filipinos.
Before coming to Ilocos, I already had a few background of Paoay Church. I already knew for a fact that the church has a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs and it is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. I have been to several old churches in the Philippines and I can say that Paoay Church totally made an impression to me.
I was not able to get inside of the church but I read some text on the tablet found in the entrance door.
Parish founded by Augustinian missionaries, 1593. Cornerstone of church laid, 1704; of convent, 1707; of tower, 1793. Used before completion and kept in repair by the people under the joint auspices of the church and the town officials. Inaguration ceremonies, 28 February 1896. Church damaged by earthquake, 1706 and 1927. Tower used by observation post by Katipuneros during the revolution. By Guerrilleros during the Japanese Occupation.
I spent about 10 minutes touring the surroundings of the church, took some shots which I knew I would post it on my blog. And yeah, the following are the photos I took.
Visited. Part of Ilocos Tour Itinerary
November 30, 2012