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Paoay Church, Paoay

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The Saint Augustine Church, commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic church of the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It is declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993.HistoryThe town of Paoay was originally called "Bombay" as the earliest inhabitants believed to have come from India. The earliest historical record of the area dates back to 1593, becoming an Augustinian independent parish in 1686. Building of the present church was started in 1694 by Augustinian friar Father Antonio Estavillo, completed in 1710 and rededicated in 1896. Some portions of the church was damaged in the 1865 and 1885 earthquake but was later restored under the initiative of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
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  • We were on our way to Pagudpud from Vigan when we decided to stop by Paoay church. I'm glad we did. I feel blessed whenever we visit churches.  more »
  • Visited this Church and it was beautiful. It was located in a complex wherein there is an events venue, restaurants and souvenir shops. In front is Herencia's Restaurant where we ordered the famous Pi...  more »
  • We arrived here early in the morning so it was difficult to capture photos of us at the huge Paoay letters in front of the church because the sun was behind. The church itself is beautiful and serene ...  more »
  • Its a good place to see architectural wonder. The church itself is an awe to see. Restaurants that offer authentic Ilocano and Filipino dishes are just a walk away.
  • A real Icon of Laoag and the Philippines. Beauty at first sight, inside and out. The location is surrounded by restaurants serving unique local delicacies. If you are going to Laoag this is an attraction that you definitely don't want to miss.
  • This is the most nicest church that I have visited here in the Philippines so far. Very great view including the surrounding area. Cool.
  • Old church but still intact amazing :) god is good
  • One of most beautiful churches in the Philippines. Facade was great, but the interior needs restoration with the help of the NHP or National Museum.