Monday, December 14, 2009

My World#51 (Philippine Churches#4) Bantay Church, Ilocos Sur

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St. Agustine Church or its more known name, Bantay Church, was constructed during the 1500s. It is located in Bantay, Ilocos Sur which is the town next Vigan City, the capital city of Ilocos Sur Province.

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Bantay Church is distinct from other churches in the region as it has two bell towers. One bell tower is at the right topmost of the church and the older one, is located several meters away from the church building sitting on top a hill.

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The church is also said to be well-known as a favorite location for local movie productions. When we first got to this church years ago, the belltower hill was largely undeveloped with its eroding sandy soil.

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11 comments:

Sylvia K December 14, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

What a lovely church and your photos are marvelous! Thanks, too, for the history! It's such fun to learn about so many different places through "That's My World"! Thanks for contributing!

Enjoy your week, Marites!

Sylvia

Martha Z December 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

A beautiful church.

January December 14, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

Hi Marites! Very wonderful churches..

Japa December 15, 2009 at 12:39 AM  

Interesting post on Philippine churches. A favorite.

arabesque December 15, 2009 at 6:10 AM  

wonderful exterior shots!
oh, i wish i could go there visit sometime.^0^

Indrani December 15, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

Lovely shots of the church shared.

Jom Manilat December 15, 2009 at 8:33 AM  

Beautiful photos, interesting information!

Ann December 15, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Beautiful, how do they maintain the church?

Rajesh December 16, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

Beautiful church and sorroundings

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Quilt Works December 17, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

Your tag team is back! Amazing church _ I love how ornate it is. Great photo

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