VISITING A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: PAOAY CHURCH

PAOAY CHURCH

VISITING A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE: PAOAY CHURCH

Note: This post is part of my Ilocos Region Trip Series

From Juan Luna Shrine we have to take our lunch and proceed immediately to Paoay Church.

The Paoay Church was  one of my most desired place to visit in Paoay-simply because it is one of the most photographed churches in Ilocos. This National Cultural Treasure becomes a popular  tourist attraction in Ilocos because of its historical  and architectural value. While the heat was striking really hot during our visit, I really have to endure the noon sun for a photo op.

Just by looks of this UNESCO World Heritage Site ,  you can easily judge that the church was built of coral blocks and stucco-plastered bricks. Paoay Church’s architecture is a unique combination of Baroque and Oriental.

These buttresses does not serve only as support to the church, but as a beautiful architectural element which made the church even massive.

Paoay Church is should say  one of the most striking edifices  in the country. The huge  architectural structure built against or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall is really beautiful.

It’s my first time to hear that the  finishing plaster according to our guide was s  made by mixing sand and lime with sugarcane juice, which was boiled with mango leaves, leather, and rice straw.

According to our guide, the materials used for the walls were a mixture of coral stone and bricks. Large coral stones were used at the lower level of the walls, while bricks, smaller and more manageable to transport, were used at the upper levels. The mortar used for the coral stones and bricks points out the desire of the builders to make sure that the church stood against natural calamities.It is nice to note also that no modern enhancements or repairs were made noticeably in the church.

 

The bell tower structured separately from the main church compliments the facade has complemented  the facade of the church.

As with most churches, any  bell towers were used as a communication device to the townspeople,e.g. mass, burial, etc.It is said that the  Paoay bell tower,   also played,  an explicit role in the lives of the Filipinos during the war. It has been said that the bell tower was used as an observation post by Katipuneros during the Philippine Revolution and by guerillas during the Japanese occupation. Today ,

These buttresses are fairly common on more old buildings, as a means of providing support to act against the lateral (sideways) forces arising out of the roof structures that lack adequate bracing. These buttresses were not only acting as support to the church  but as a beautiful architectural element which made the church even massive.

I was expecting for more inside the church, but it seemed that the interiors were not as spectacular as the outer part of the church (just my opinion).

 

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