The Philippines isn’t only home to an abundant collection of beautiful islands and beaches, it is also a country jam-packed with cultural and natural attractions that are continually reminding us Filipinos of our colorful heritage and bountiful environmental gifts — and many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through them, we find more reasons to be proud of our country.
Have you seen them all? If not, then don’t fret, as these can be surely ticked off your bucket list in no time.
Baroque Churches of the Philippines
While the Spanish brought Christianity to the Philippines over their 300+ years of occupation, it built hundreds of massive stone churches highlighted by stylish architecture of detailed facades and impressive bell towers. Among the most prominently erected were those influenced by the Baroque period. Currently, four churches representing this artistic era are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are the following.
The Church of San Agustín at Paoay, Ilocos Norte