Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Sinking Bell Tower

Our first stop for our August Ilocos Trip is the famous sinking bell tower. This tower was built during 17th century, during Spanish era, in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Usually the  belfry should be beside or just near the church. But this is not the case for this tower. The bell tower resides far from its church, the St. William Cathedral, which we were not able to view.

The tower became famous because of its massive structure. It was built using the Baroque Style Architecture, which is the only-sought solution to the strong recurring earthquakes before. The style perfectly serving its purpose until now. However, due to the reason that it was built in the sandy foundation, (the tower is near the river banks), it started to sink since then. This sinking phenomenon makes the tower even more famous through time.

It is believed by the residents there that before, a man in a horseback riding can enter the main entrance. But now, the man of ordinary height has to bend just to enter the tower.

The weather is very good that day that one group of
friend had taken their shot in front of the belfry

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