Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Sinking Bell Tower

The Sinking Bell Tower is a famous landmark and tourist attraction of Ilocos Norte located in the city. It is claimed to be the tallest bell tower in the Philippines and was built by the Augustinians in 1612. It got its name because it was built on sandy foundation and the reason why it has been sinking at around an inch per year. It's said to be 150 ft high. I'm just not sure if that's the current or the original height of the tower. If you notice on the photo, it doesn't have a church beside it. The bell tower is part of St. William's Cathedral which is 85meters across the street. A bit far from the church but it still serves its function as the bell rings to inform of the Catholics of the mass.  



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