Paoay Church

Marcos Ave., Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church
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Jorelle F.
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One of the most beautiful historic church I have ever seen 12853612853610084️. Soo in love with its long entourage, perfect for the bride's momentous walk while his groom awaits and on the other hand, the groom will have longer time to think if his bride is worth it. Hahaha. Advantageous to both bride and groom indeed! Hahaha.

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars
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When in Ilocos for a tour be prepared to visit lots of old churches. There are lot of beautiful church in Ilocos but for me Paoay Church is one that stood out. The church is just old school beautiful. The place is well maintained and the grass around the church and the Paoay name installed is just nice.

This church is Unesco world heritage and declared as a National treasure by the government. The church was initially known a Bombay church as the earliest inhabitants believed to have come from India but they found it mabaho thats why they named it Paoay hehe. Joke! Peace!

The baroque architecture of the church was designed to withstand earthquakes. The adaptive reuse of baroque style against earthquake is developed since many destructive earthquakes destroyed earlier churches in the country.

The interior of the church is also simple but beautiful. The side of the church reminds me of temples in Cambodia. They are just so beautiful.

Overall don't miss out this church on your tour. There is also an empanada beside the church that sells delicious original ilocos empanada. While across the street is where you could find chichacorn for pasalubong. :D

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Billy Ray B.
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5

I liked it.

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars
4

Paoay Church will always be on the list of my most beautiful churches. It is considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the best Baroque Churches in the Philippines.

Our guide told us that Paoay Church is made up of coral stones and bricks. This is the reason why it's very sturdy, and stood the test of time. Adjacent to this beautiful church is the three-story bell tower. Being a fan of all bell towers I've been to, I read somewhere that this served as an observation post for the Katipuneros during revolutions against Spaniards. Some history trivia out there, eh? I also loved the interiors of this church. There are portions of the windows with stained glass. Really beautiful especially when sunshine hits, an ethereal glow can be seen. Very sacred.

After admiring the beauty and glamor of Paoay Church, of course my friends and I prayed. I can't describe the feeling, but it's really peaceful here. Serene, I think is more appropriate.

P.S. Paoay Church is also known as Saint Augustine Church. It is a Roman Catholic church located at the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

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Aileen L.
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Kaway-Kaway sa Paoay🖐 and I feel so free.. It's like a fantasy, havin you next to me .. Suddenly it's magic...10024
Now you know where I am.

The fourth stop of our Ilocos Trip Day 1 last April 29 is at the famous Paoay Church and it is also known as Augustine Church. It is a Roman Catholic Church in the City of Paoay Ilocos Norte and as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Paoay Church is the best example of the localized Baroque architecture with its monumental and massive appearance. A touch of Gothic design can be seen on its beautiful facade. Paoay Church stood at the best of time. I was deeply impressed when I enters the Church. It was very peaceful inside. Since it was my first time in this Church and I made a wish. I still believed in that tradition.

It's not just an architectural masterpiece but a historical value. You shouldn't miss this impressive example of Baroque Church in the Philippines. A must see attraction when visiting Ilocos Norte. Thank you to Ilocos Heritage Tours and travel for bringing us here .

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Eric N.
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The Saint Augustine Church, commonly known as the Paoay Church, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines (see related review of one of the churches under this group, the Miagao church).

Building of the present church was started in 1694 by Augustinian friar Father Antonio Estavillo, completed in 1710, and rededicated in 1896.

Paoay church is famous for its distinct Javanese architecture reminiscent of Borobudur of Java. It is the Philippines' primary example of a Spanish colonial earthquake baroque architecture (dubbed by Alicia Coseteng), adapting European Baroque styles to the seismic condition of the country through the use of 24 enormous buttresses of about 5 feet thick extending from the sides and back of the building. These stair-like buttresses (known as step buttresses) is also possibly for easy access of the roof.

Its walls are made of large coral stones on the lower part and bricks at the upper levels.[3] The mortar used in the church includes sand and lime with sugarcane juice boiled with mango leaves, leather and rice straw.

Adjacent is a three-storey coral bell tower constructed separately from the church building in 1793. It stands at some distance from the church as a protection against earthquakes. The bell tower served as an observational post for Filipino revolutionaries against the Spaniards in 1898 and by Filipino guerrillas against Japanese soldiers during World War II.

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Raymond P.
5.0 Stars

On our travels up north, we visited a lot of places rich with heritage. One of the churches that I was amazed of was on our way back coming from the faaaaar north. 128522

Paoay is a nice little place where you can relax and take some time to appreciate the view. It has a majestic church smack in the middle of the plaza and is surrounded by a few spots to eat. 128556

Built during the Spanish era, it stands tall and proud as a part of the baroque group of churches declared as a cultural national treasure among the other maintained sites within Ilocos Norte.🙂

I love the nostalgic feeling this place gives me. I wish that someday I'd be back again to see the same monument towering along clear skies as the beautiful sun touches its walls.128525

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Clarissa P.
5.0 Stars
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The Ilocos region is so rich in cultural and historical sites. There is so much to see and explore. Unlike other tourists destinations where you can just stop at one place and explore everything from there, the sites here in Ilocos are spread out across the region requiring long drives and long vacation days. Else, you need to plan out your time well and stick to your itinerary if the goal is to visit as much as you can. But for laid back travelers like my family, we never get to stick to my itinerary and just go with the flow, enjoying each site as much as we can.

Paoay Church is one of those MUST VISIT in my list. On our way back to Manila, from Ilocos Norte, we made sure to pass by this church. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old church is such a magnificent view. It's majestic in an old world fashion. It's massive, made up of shells and big boulders of rocks. What caught my attention though were the big buttresses lined up at each side of the church and more at it's back. They serve as support and strengthens the foundation of the church. They're like mighty soldiers guarding the area. It also has a bell tower beside it but unlike usual church bell towers that are attached to the church, this one stands proud on it's own.

When you get inside, you'll be transported into an old world. The church hasn't been modernized. They've done restorations here and there and with the grandeur of it's facade, you might think that it's more like San Agustin Church in Intramuros when you get in. Let me break it to you gently - it's not. Lol it's a little underwhelming inside. I wish they can restore it's old charm. But when the darkness creeps in, the beauty of the church is even more magnified with spotlights projected towards it.

The area around the church is also huge! Well maintained grass area with lots of flowering bushes. When the breeze is cool towards the afternoon, it's a perfect picnic spot. It's also an ideal spot for kids to run around and enjoy the place.

Believe me when I tell you that you shouldn't miss this church when visiting Ilocos. Totally worth the drive up north!

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Gladys M.
5.0 Stars

I love the structure of this church. It's totally perfect. Hopefully next time, I can find a better angle to capture this Paoay church. But it never lessens how beautiful the church is when you see it personally.

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Tei A.
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What a truly beautiful church! This centuries-old church still stands tall and is still a crowd drawer. Paoay church really deserves to be in the Unseco World Heritage Sites. The lights give it such a warm and enchanting glow.

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Reich T.
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The Saint Augustine Church commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic church of the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It is declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993.

Source:  Wikipedia

The world class structure is an example of Baroque architecture.  The walls are made of coral stones and bricks.  The stone facade looks massive if you are on your knees while trying to capture it's beauty on film.  There is a three storey belltower adjacent to the main structure.   This is common among baroque churches I've visited.  The belltower resembles a knight guarding the queen. 

One of the must visit places when in Ilocos,  a place for prayer for some,  a place of wonder for the secular.

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Michael A.
5.0 Stars

I have notting to say. The place is a must see when your in Ilocos Norte.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars

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Katrina V.
5.0 Stars

St. Augustine Church also popularly known as Paoay Church is one the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is one of the old churches in our country that has withstood the test of time. Not only is it picture-worthy, the architectural structure and facade of the church also best describes its grandeur. The interior is also remarkable and has character. How I wish our churches now are as beautiful as these old churches. 128519

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Zaida N.
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It's my habit that everytime i visit a church for the first time, i kneel down and pray 128591

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Erycka S.
5.0 Stars

One of the most beautiful churches. 128077

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Yen D.
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San Agustin Church or popularly known as the Paoay Church is really beautiful! The thick buttresses with spiral detail/design makes the structure look extremely huge from the outside. The primary material used in building the church were corals instead of rocks. Apart from these details, what caught my eye was the pulpit in the middle portion of the church. According to our guide, this pulpit is still used by priests during selected occasions. I also loved the stained glass on the big windows. Especially when the afternoon sun shines its rays through it.

In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the best examples of Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

The beautiful church of paoay. 9962

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Jonas R.
5.0 Stars

Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte is one of the beautiful Baroque churches in the Philippines. When the sunlight touches it, its facade becomes golden. Go to the sides of the building and you'll witness how massive the church is.

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Cheska S.
5.0 Stars

This is one of the oldest churches in the country. What makes it more special is that it was made following the Baroque era architecture. The Baroque architecture is characterized by extravagant or richly sculpted surfaces. The Paoay Church exemplifies our own interpretation of the Baroque design. It is made of coral stones and bricks. This church is among the UNESCO World Heritage Baroque Churches.

The was also constructed in such a way that it would withstand earthquakes, which is why its design is also referred to as the "Earthquake Baroque".

The bell tower of the church is located in a structure beside the church and not in the church itself. This is a feature intentionally constructed so that the bello tower would not collapse into the church should an earthquake occur.

Across the church is a restaurant called Cafe Herencia that serves Ilocano cuisine. After you take in the beauty the Paoay Church, I suggest that you walk to Cafe Herenci and try their famous longanisa pizza! It is so delicious!

It is not only a religious and beautiful place but it is also part of our history. It was used as na outpost by the Katipuneros during the 1898 revolution. To know one's history is to know one's identity. Hope you'll be able to visit this church.128522

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