SINKING BELL TOWER - Laoag Tour
The Sinking Bell Tower is one of the many tourist spots on the half-day Laoag City Tour.
The 45-meter tall bell tower built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612 is one of the tallest and most massive in the country.
The construction is typical of the earthquake baroque structures found in Ilocos. Built of old brick and stone-faced with lime stucco plaster, the tower rises in four tiers.
Tales by old people mention that a person on horseback once could enter its vaulted entrance without stooping. Now, a person of ordinary height has to stoop to enter through the tower door.
Because the tower has sunk considerably and evenly, thus its reputation as "The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag"
Source: Laoag City Sinking Tower Restoration Foundation
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