Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
This centuries old 45-meter tall bell tower built by the Augustinian Friars in 1612 is one of the tallest and most massive in the country.
The construction is typical of the earthquake baroque structures found in Ilocos. Built of old brick and stoned faced with limes stucco plaster, the tower rises in four tiers. The base with its massive rounded corners supports the graduated upper tiers noted for its graceful curved buttresses and corner treatments, giving it its early baroque appearance, The tower is crowned by a double dome
topped with a cross.
Access to the top is thru a vaulted tunnel leading to a windiong wooden stairway. At the top are 6 bells of diferent sizes. A big bell on the third tier when rung can be heard in nearby towns.
Tales by old people mention that a person on horseback once could enter its vaulted entrance without stooping. Now a person of ordinary height has to stoop to enter the tower door, because the tower has sunk considerably and evenly, thus its reputaion as “The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag”.