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Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag

(3/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
First built in the 18th century at Laoag Cathedral, Sinking Bell Tower has gained fame thanks to its ever-shortening stature. The tower, built in an Earthquake Baroque architectural style, actually sinks into the ground an inch every year due to its heavy materials and the sandy foundation underfoot. Its builders cemented the stones together using a mixture of molasses, lime, and sand. You can't enter the tower, but take the opportunity to snap some photos before exploring the surrounding Italian Renaissance cathedral and public markets. Plan to see Sinking Bell Tower and other attractions that appeal to you using our Laoag tour planner.
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  • "Prosedajushhaja Bell Tower" is one of those landmarks that gradually go underground. For example, the Palace of fine arts in Mexico City or the leaning tower of Pisa. Belltower of Laoag was built in the early 17th century on sandy soil and year after year, plunges into the ground.
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  • Easily accessible in the main street- one small sign on the front. Can not enter the tower so not much to see- don't make a special trip to see this one! 
  • We didn't really get to see so much of it since it was along the road. We just looked at it. Couldn't even get a decent photo due to its location. But it was a cool sight to see. 
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  • Amazing. Bizarre also how much it has sunk.
  • Wonderful place 😜
  • Beautiful!
  • A landmark in Laoag.
  • Can't sink fast enough