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Bantay Church and Belfry, Ilocos Sur
Part 31 of a series
After our visit to Chavit’s Baluarte in Vigan, we then headed to Bantay, Ilocos Sur, to check out its famed church and belltower.
Bantay, Ilocos Sur is a small town very close to Vigan City. One cannot enter/exit Vigan without passing by Bantay. The town is popular mainly because of its Bell Tower that is perched on top of a hill. You can’t miss it when you take the national highway going south of the province of Ilocos Sur. Bantay also has a beautiful elaborate church. It was built during the Spanish period (1530s). The architectural design was influenced by the Europeans although it was built under the Spanish regime by the local people. The church was built through forced labor and slavery during the Spanish period.
The church features earthquake baroque and Gothic-influenced architecture. Its belfry located a few meters away was used as a lookout point for approaching enemies. The church’s patron is “Our Lady of Charity”
After our brief visit to Bantay’s Church and Belltower, it was “all systems go”. Nothing could stop us. We were finally leaving Ilocandia and heading to our home in Laguna.
10:11am. The Quirino Bridge, as we passed by on our way back to the National Capital Region.
(…to be continued)