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San Agustin Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

San Agustin Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines


Built from 1694 to between 1702 and 1710, it is the premier example of Philippine Earthquake Baroque, an architectural solution to the area's challenging, natural setting. Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. They are decorated with huge scrolls, and topped by decorative pinnacles. A coralstone belltower stands a safe distance away to spare the sanctuary in case of collapse. Originally, the church roof was thatched; and it is conjectured so that buttresses not only support walls but give roof access during fire and typhoon.

-source: Department of Tourism

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Joshua 28-Jun-2009 12:43
Good One!...
Yves Rubin09-Apr-2007 19:12
Superb architectural shot!
James Robertson09-Apr-2007 04:37
Nice shot and description of this interesting structure. The Sony 707 took great pics (with the right person behind it of course). I had one and still miss it's flexible body at times.
EDITH RB20-Dec-2005 13:32
Superb composition.