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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 1894 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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  • Part of the allure of a certain place is its association to a person or an event. In the case of the Paoay Church dedicated to St. Augustine who was the 4th century founder of the Order of priests cho...  more »
  • considered to be one of the best and beautiful churches in the Philippines. a definite go for everyone traveling to Ilocos Region. Jaw dropping and will leave you saying WOW!  more »
  • Went here with friends. This church is indeed beautiful. From architecture, location up to its scenic view. Very historical!! Thank god its not that too crowded when we visited the place. Lovely exper...  more »
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  • View of Paoay church taken 1991.