Paoay Church of Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and is among the major attractions of the province.This Church is included in the Unesco World Heritage list.

Otherwise known as St. Augustine Church, this church of the municipality of Paoay was built in 1704 and was inaugurated in 1896, according to the Philippine Historical Commission plaque found here.

Paoay Church of Ilocos Norte

Made of coral blocks and bricks the architecture of Paoay Church is such a beautiful building whose design incorporates several different architectural influences that give it a unique appeal. The style of the church has been dubbed “Earthquake Baroque”.

Paoay Church

A few meters away is the coral-stone bell tower which served as an observation post of the “katipuneros” during the Philippine Revolution and again by the guerillas during the Japanese occupation.



  1. Probably my favorite church in the Philippines. It is really impressive.

  2. beautiful!

    it was like cagsawa tower with mt mayon at the back heheh

  3. Very nice! More reasons as to why I should go to Vigan

  4. im planning to go to ilocos soon, heard that it is great there =) this church will go to my list

  5. This is definitely worth a visit when visiting Ilocos, wish to set foot on Ilocos soon 🙂

  6. i haven’t been here… eto nalang kulang ko sa unesco heritage site sa pinas 🙂

  7. Good article, thanks. 🙂 Good Design

  8. a must see church… This will surely connect our personal life with our religious life…

  9. I like the 2nd picture..
    The shadows cast on the church gave it character.
    This church is certainly a must visit

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