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. Add Bantay Bell Tower and other attractions to your Vigan trip itinerary using our Vigan itinerary planner .
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  • The climb is quite steep but when at the top the view was a little disappointing except back towards the church.  more »
  • Not too much of a climb, though one has to be careful of the stairs in the bell tower. Don't rely on waze or google map in finding the church.  more »
  • I'm probably biased because I really like visiting ruins wherever I go. Others may not find anything beautiful about an old, nearly-dilapidated bell tower but I felt a sense of connection with the pas...  more »

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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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