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Address: Paoay, Luzon, Philippines

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Magnificent Architecture

The second stop of our trip on our way further north. A beautiful, imposing structure; however, the interior doesn't match the exterior. I wouldn't describe the interior as ugly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The second stop of our trip on our way further north. A beautiful, imposing structure; however, the interior doesn't match the exterior. I wouldn't describe the interior as ugly, but it was a bit of a dismaying sight. It felt rather modern. I'd love to go back there again on another sunny & cloudy day (there weren't any on this... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

An awesome sight up close. To think it's been existing for hundreds of years is even more mind boggling. Inside though is another thing. It's a combination of utilitarian fixes and modern trimmings, doesn't match the exterior. I wish they could have restored this better. Don't forget to visit the church garden beside it, good for a couple minutes of... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It is declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines in 1993. Travel info at: anzie... More 

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Dumaguete City, Dumaguete, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This was one of our tour stop before going to Sand Dunes. It's an old Church in Paoay. You can take unique pictures. Near the church you can try a restaurant for the Pinakbet delicacy, they serve different pakbet specialty such as pinakbet pizza. There's also souvenir shops nearby.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Paoay Church is another photographer's delight, those touring Ilocos should NEVER miss this attraction. It's so beautiful that the view will always stick to your mind as an unforgettable memory. And right across the church is a small stall that offers the most delicious Laoag empanada, if ever you want to taste one.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very picturesque and crowded. Amazing structure and design, classic. Feel the coral stones that were used to build the facade! Come early, plenty parking. Stay away from touristy shops, try the market instead.

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metro manila
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Revisited April 1, 2015. It is still an architectural, historical, educational & spiritual wonder. Don't miss it when touring Ilocos Norte. A heritage wonder.

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General Santos, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

St. Augustine's Church also known as Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is simply amazing with beautiful garden - a must visit when in Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A stunning old church with significant Philippine history. A UNESCO World Heritage site, which is a must-see. It was worth a stop during our road trip towards Ilocos Norte

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Boracay, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

One of the grandest churches I had ever seen - valiant walls; spacious facade; photogenic. But one thing I'd noticed was the vandalisms which lessen the giant walls' picturesque beauty.

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