Bantay Church and Bell Tower

Before proceeding to Vigan, we first visited the Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora dela Caridad or popularly known us the Bantay Church.   T...

Before proceeding to Vigan, we first visited the Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora dela Caridad or popularly known us the Bantay Church.
 
The Facade

View of the altar

Just nearby is the Bantay Tower which served as the people's watch tower during World Wars I and II. Both is said to be one of the oldest structures in the region. The bell tower was built in 1590 and the church in 1591. It is also believed to be the same grounds where Diego Silang and his troops fought the Spaniards during the Revolt of Silang.

Climbing the tower is pretty exhausting especially under the scorching heat of the sun. Imagine us arriving here at noon when the sun is at high. We were all sweaty and I was kinda getting irritated because it was so humid. So I suggest, you go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

The Bell Tower

Also beside the church is an outside chapel known as the Chapel by the Ruins. It is said to be part of the original church which was damaged during the world war.

Chapel by the Ruins

By the way, the bell tower is open to visitors from 6:00am to 6:00pm. There is no entrance fee but feel free to donate any amount for the maintenance of the tower. There are also tour guides who will accompany you to the top and is also willing to take some trick shots on your camera.

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