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Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag
(3/5 based on 160+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • If you're an architecture-savvy, you would really appreciate this place. However, it's just a tower erected in the middle of the city. If only they have a signpost explaining the history, that would d...  more »
  • There is no entrance here for tourists. Despite of that, I will still recommend people to visit this at least pass by. It's worth the view anyway. 
  • It sits in the middle of the city (near a wet market) with Chowking and Puregold signs and tricycles, among other things. This is defitinely NOT a must-visit. You're better off just looking at the pla...  more »
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  • Amazing. Bizarre also how much it has sunk.
  • Wonderful place 😜
  • Beautiful!
  • A landmark in Laoag.
  • Can't sink fast enough