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Vigan Chapel by the Ruins are among the most affordable travel bargains on the market.

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.

The CHAPEL BY THE RUINS is what remains of one wing of the St. Augustine Parish, one of the oldest Churches in Ilocos Sur and said to be a place where priests were imprisoned during the 1763 revolt against the Spaniards. Since then, it has been preserved and converted into a chapel where devotees can pray and worship. The current church was built on the same spot where the old church was destroyed. The atmosphere was serene and peaceful. Sitting on the bench, you can hear the humming birds and appreciate the flowers and greenery while looking at the altar under the clear blue sky. If you happen to be interested in old churches, these ruins are something you can’t miss.

Here are some pictures of The CHAPEL BY THE RUINS:











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