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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. Plan to see Sinking Bell Tower and other attractions that appeal to you using our Laoag tour planner.
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  • They said the image of Jesus Christ was there when there is light at night. Hmmm well I don't see it. But another story the church was sinking and before calesa can enter on the gate but now even peop...  more »
  • The tower is nice to see if you are in Laoag, it is right in downtown and easy to reach. The surrounding location is modern and busy which takes away from the tower's beauty though. You can't enter th...  more »
  • "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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  • Amazing. Bizarre also how much it has sunk.
  • Wonderful place 😜
  • Beautiful!
  • A landmark in Laoag.
  • Can't sink fast enough