An old Baroque-Oriental Church of Sto. Agostinho (St. Augustine Church) or popularly known as Paoay Church in Paoay, Philippines. The building of the church started in 1694 and was completed in 1710 with the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo as forerunners. It is one of the four baroque churches in the country and one of the most visited places during Holy Week for it’s serene and peaceful atmosphere added by the influenced design of the Spanish during their era in the country. The structure itself tells thousands of stories about the Philippine history all shouting in all edges from the Spanish era down to the Philippine Independence up to the Dictatorship of and Liberation from the Filipino Dictator.
It’s walls were intentionally built 1.67m thick with twenty-four carved buttresses all complicatedly designed to fully support its whole structure for it’s located in an area prone to earthquakes which happened to be the worst natural destruction in the country. At that time, technology was still very less of support therefore, all its complications were man-made which took the construction for more than a decade to finish.
It’s doors and windows were carefully designed and attached to the thick wall openings to avoid possible future destruction through time and calamities.
The window from the outside.
The window from the inside.
The bell tower was made of coral stones.
The Historical Prestige of the Church.
Visit the country this Roman Catholic Holy Week and experience the holiness promoted by St. Augustine Church only in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
All the above pictures were taken and captured by Chris Saunil, my teacher friend during his Pilgrimage weeks before Holy Week last year.