Vigan Bantay Church Bell Tower is one of the most popular traveler destinations in the Philippines - Travel Philippines Now

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Vigan Bantay Church Bell Tower is one of the most popular traveler destinations in the Philippines

Vigan (Ilocano: Siudad ti Vigan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Vigan) is the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the few towns left in the Philippines whose old structures have mostly remained intact, and it is well known for its sett pavements and a unique architecture of the Philippine colonial era which fuses Native Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial Spanish architecture that is still abundant in the area, mainly the Bahay na Bato houses and an Earthquake Baroque church. 

The entire city of Vigan was later inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage City after being declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). 

In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities, putting Vigan on the world map as a top tourist spot that should be in any traveler’s bucket list.

The locals are more than happy to show you around top Vigan tourist spots and other places of interest, including a number of parks and museums, a beach facing the West Philippine Sea, and a safari-like zoo, to mention just a few of its must-see attractions.

BANTAY CHURCH BELL TOWER is located on a hill overlooking in the town of Bantay, roughly 10 minutes from the town of Vigan. First built in 1591, it served as the town’s watchtower before being turned into a bell tower by the nearby church in 1857. 

BANTAY CHURCH BELL TOWER stands beside the St. Augustine Parish which is one of the oldest churches in Ilocos Sur. Visitors can climb the bell tower and enjoy the open skies of Vigan. Tourists who didn’t climb the tall structure can take postcard worthy shots instead.

Here are some pictures of The BANTAY CHURCH BELL TOWER:

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