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Address: Bacarra, Luzon, Philippines

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one of the oldest church in Ilocos Norte that's near to Laoag and the leaning bell tower is a sight to behold

Reviewed 25 October 2015
Makati, Philippines
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This attraction is an easy trip from Laoag. The church is beautiful and the bell tower is unusual. It was partially destroyed during an earthquake but the semi-destroyed bell tower is hauntingly beautiful. Bacarra itself is an attractive small town. The church is next to a nice park and the town hall.

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Davao City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Bacarra Church, founded by the Augustinians in 1590, is a National HistoricalLandmark and a National Cultural Treasure. It is known for its centuries-old, domeless or "beheaded" belfry known as Torre ti Bacarra, a 160 ft high structure. Periodic #earthquakes from 1931 to 1971 caused the dome to start leaning, eventually, toppled by a 7.8-magnitude temblor in 1983.

1 Thank WanderLustDavao
Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

one of the oldest church in Ilocos Norte that's near to Laoag and the leaning bell tower is a sight to behold

1 Thank ryandgreat
Hamilton, Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

I guess, since we saw the Paoay Church the day before, I felt underwhelmed by this church. This was not on my list of places to go to but we stopped for a bit here for pictures with the bell tower (another one again). The color of the brick exterior was great for pictures and the interior of the Church... More 

1 Thank Yarril
Marikina, Philippines
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Bacarra is the town north of Laoag. It takes less than 20 minutes to go there. You can pass by the town on the way further up north. The Bacarra church is a Roman Catholic Church inaugurated in 1782 and declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1973. It is under the patronage of St. Andrew the Apostle, whose image The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4,117 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2015

In the last 300 years, Bacarra has had multiple earthquakes so St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church is not just a declared Filipino national treasure but a partly reconstructed survivor to boot. The 30 year old restoration used building materials indistinguishable from the original to a layman's eye like mine. The church has a simple altar while a large statue... More 

1 Thank Victorianlad
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015

If you are going to the beaches of Pagudpud from Laoag, I suggest you go the route Bacarra (Bacarra Church) – Pasuquin (Pasuquin Bakery) - Burgos (Burgos Lighthouse) – Bangui (Bangui Windmills) - Pagudpod. Bacarra Church should be included in your itinerary as the church is a declared national cultural treasure. The oldies and I also love the pattern of... More 

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Cebu City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

the surroundings are clean, peaceful and church interior is solemn. spend a very few minutes to take great pictures :)

1 Thank nancy v
Park City, Utah
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2012

This little town is cute, and clearly treasures its church.

2 Thank Maria B

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