Recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich history and its healthy mixture of Baroque and Gothic architecture, Paoay Church or St. Augustine Church stood the test of time since its construction in 1694. The unique construction of the church is composed of large buttresses supporting the side walls and the three storey belfry made up of adobe and corals standing a few meters from the church. Filipinos sought refuge in its walls and used the belfry as an observation tower during the Spanish Revolution until the Second World War.
How To Get There:
● By land, take any bus bound for Laoag, Ilocos Norte (GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Partas Bus) then alight at the junction of Batac, Ilocos Norte (9-11hrs travel time). Then hire a tricycle that will take you to Paoay Church (20mins travel time).
● By Air, take any flight bound for Laoag City Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines (45mins travel time).
● From the airport hire a tricycle that will take you to the city proper, from there take any jeepneys bound for Batac or buses that will pass by the area. Upon arrival in Batac, hire a tricycle that will take you to the church in Paoay.
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