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Bantay Bell Tower, Vigan

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Adjacent to Bantay Church, Bantay Bell Tower served as a watchtower for centuries, protecting against pirates and robbers since 1591. The Neo-Gothic tower stands out with its vibrant red brick color and use of clay. Although the steep stairs will likely leave you breathless, you'll find a piece of history at the top, in the form of the old bells locals used to ring to alarm the village in case of emergency. Surely, the vista of the deep blue South China Sea, mountains, green valleys, and the small village of bundled white houses will make all your aches seem worth it. Plan your Bantay Bell Tower visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vigan using our Vigan itinerary maker.
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  • The bell tower dates from something like 1597 ( from memory) and is remarkably well preserved. if you get a horse drawn carriage from Calle Crisologo , they will almost certainly take you here  more »
  • A must to visit place to those who is visiting vigan, it may just be a normal bell tower but the history of the tower what makes it diffent.  more »
  • it's not everyday you get to climb a bell tower (also a watch tower) so be sure you have comfy shoes (and strong knees) for the climb. there is a nice vantage point at the top, and take a look at the ...  more »

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Where to stay in Vigan

With the main places to see in Vigan located on Crisologo Street, you'll find the primary accommodations in town close by. The pedestrianized street houses few accommodations itself, but the connecting roads offer some luxury and mid-range hotels set in atmospheric colonial-era buildings. The further you get from the cobbles of Crisologo, the more modern the accommodations, with newly built hotels in both the north and south of town, and some particularly budget-friendly options located along Liberation Boulevard as it crosses the river to the east.
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