Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag

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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. Put Sinking Bell Tower and other Laoag attractions into our Laoag day trip app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This unusual structure is sinking, courtesy of the soft loam on which it was built. Its companion cathedral is nearby. You cannot enter the building but its colour and remnant of a doorway [originally...  more »
  • Visited this when we went to laoag city, it's a great landmark to ensure you don't get lost. The actual building has slowly sank so the entrance was once tall enough that you coulkd ride through in ho...  more »
  • It's unique to see only takes a few minutes. Like the rest of the country don't get over run by trikes, the kings of the road.  more »

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