Friday, 3 May 2013

Baroque Churches

Hooray for heritage sites - Paoay Church

Baroque Churches. Should you ever find yourself in the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia, a visit to one of its historic churches ought to be included in your itinerary. The World Heritage lists four baroque churches built during Hispanic times, between the 16th and 18th century, located in the capital Manila, the province of Iloilo and two in the Ilocos region up north. The Paoay Church (photo) in Ilocos Norte is stunning enough to make you want to walk down the aisle in such a historic structure. Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Church down south in Ilocos Sur also ought to be a heritage stop. Because unlike most churches located in the center of town, the Nuestra Señora sits on top of a hill, and you’ll have to climb a flight of 82 steps to get to it. The climb is worth it though—not only for the quad workout, but also to see the church’s unique architectural structure, reminiscent of a stonewall fortress used by early Spanish settlements.