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.
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”.
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.