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Paoay Church, Paoay

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4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • Paoay church has withstood the test of time. It has been a witness to many memorable events,natural and otherwise. This church, also known as St Augustine Church, has been marked a national historical...  read more »
  • Paoay church is one of the most beautiful that i've ever seen and one of the oldest church in the Philippines. It is a historical church that is still well maintained. 
  • Paoay Church is a beautiful church and a famous church in Ilocos. I am glad that i had given a chance to visit this Church. It's really worth to visit this church. The structure make me really amazed....  read more »
  • 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.
  • Kinda weird rating a church but okay. Great facade! Cute bell tower! Kinda wished the interior was as good though.
  • A great piece of architecture , a must-see attraction when visiting Ilocos Norte.
  • A sight to see and be awe struck by its size and architectural perfection.
  • Simply amazing! :)
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