Just a stone’s throw away from Vigan is an old bell tower standing alone on a hill watching guard over the town of Bantay.
It is without a doubt one of the most dramatic belfries in the region (and one of my favorite) owing to a superb view of the mountains of Abra
and exquisite sunsets bringing forth a golden charm to the brick and slime walls.
Also used as watchtower for invading enemy forces during World Wars I and II, it was constructed separately, as many Spanish churches are in Ilocos, from its main church, St. Augustine Parish Church, also known as Bantay Church.
Built in 1590 with design reminiscent of the Old Spanish architecture using local indigenous materials like brick and slime.
Damaged during World War II and was restored in the 1950s in neo-gothic design as seen today.