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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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  • 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 »
  • Easy and accessible, but not impressive. There was no entrance, couldn't see the bell. Easy to skip this place. 
  • Upon entering the city, from the bridge, you can already see the St. William's Cathedral and its bell tower. It is believed that the tower is the tallest one in the Philippines. The tower earned its "...  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