Ilocos Sur: Vigan Cathedral

Found in the capital city of Ilocos Sur, Vigan Cathedral was built in 1574.  The church is also known as St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.
Like most big churches in the region, one might notice that the bell tower is always placed meters away from the church to protect both structures from falling to each other during earthquakes.

The statue of St. Paul and his horse
This architectural design is often referred to as the earthquake Baroque-style, which is typical to most churches built in the 16th century. The cathedral also features a Neo-Gothic and pseudo Romanesque elements.
The bell tower
Church interior
The church altar
Somebody might be buried in that "mini-altar"...
Or maybe the pilars...
The first building was destroyed by an earthquake and then by fire in 1739. the current church was constructed in 1790 and was finished in 1800. Today, Vigan Cathedral is one of those old churches that is usually visited by pilgrims. 
Church Facade
Altar from afar
Wealthy people get buried inside churches during the Spanish times
Pride of Ilocos Sur
I visited Vigan Cathedral during the Ilocos Road Trip with my wife. What I like about the cathedral is its location. Unlike most old churches in Manila, Vigan Cathedral is almost free from peddlers and pollution. What I like most about the cathedral is the solemnity inside the church. Given a perfect timing, you would hear the soft prayers echoing from within the church.
don't ask me why I'm wearing a jacket.
Getting there:


From Manila board a bus heading to Laoag City. Inform the conductor to drop you off in front of the Vigan arc. From there you could ride tricycles to tour you around town. In our case we rented a tricycle. We managed to haggle for a price of P500 for a whole day tour.

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Pilgrim
Cleanliness
Overall rating

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