Things to do in ILOCOS SUR | BANTAY PARISH & BELL TOWER

Monday, November 18, 2013

Long Weekend locos Roadtrip at Bantay Parish and Bell Tower


Bantay Parish & Bantay Bell Tower

After a few minutes travel from Vigan, we arrived at Bantay Town which has two tourists attractions, the Bantay Bell Tower & Bantay Church. They are two of the most famous tourist spots in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Bantay map from wikipedia

The Bantay Bell Tower is said to stand at the highest peak in the whole of Bantay which was used to be an outpost to watch for possible opponents during the Spanish colonial times and was also used as watchtower during World War I and II because of its strategic location thus the word 'Bantay' which means guard in English. 

Bantay Bell Tower


Appreciating the View <3

The Bantay Bell Tower is known for its red brick wall and magnificent architecture. So there's no doubt that a lot of tourists visit this place to have their pictures taken with it just like us.

Mama, Papa and me


Of course, an Obligatory Solo Shot

And adjacent to the tower is the Bantay Parish also known as St Augustine Parish and Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de La Caridad where its facade was already restored combining neo-Gothic design and pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements designed to reminiscent the Spanish Architecture. It is said to be one of the area's oldest parishes.


Bantay Parish

Interior of the Parish

And just a few meters inside the vicinity, you will see this beautiful chapel which they call Chapel by the Ruins. Looks eerie yet romantic, perfect for tranquil soul searching.

Chapel by the Ruins




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