St Augustine Church of Paoay
St Augustine Church of Paoay is a Roman Catholic church in the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. It is one of the four Baroque Churches of the Philippines that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church was built by the Augustinian friars between 1694 and 1710, using coral stone and bricks as the main materials. The church is famous for its distinct architecture, which features massive buttresses on the sides and back of the building to withstand earthquakes. The church also has a three-storey bell tower, a gothic-style facade, and a mixture of Chinese, Javanese, and Filipino influences in its design. The church has survived wars, typhoons, and several and several strong tremors over the centuries. It was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973. The church is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the town's rich history and culture.
If you are interested in visiting the church, you can take a jeepney from Laoag, which is about 22 kilometers away from Paoay. The travel time is around 30 minutes and the fare is around 25 pesos. You can also join a guided tour or rent a car for more convenience. The church is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. You can also explore the nearby attractions, such as the Paoay Lake, the Malacañang of the North, and the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte.