|St. Augustine Church of Paoay|
|San Agustin Church|
The façade and bell tower of Paoay Church
|Location||Paoay, Ilocos Norte|
|Founder(s)||Father Antonio Estavillo|
|Dedication||Saint Augustine of Hippo|
|Heritage designation||UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines|
|Architect(s)||Father Antonio Estavillo|
|Length||110 metres (360 ft)|
|Width||40 metres (130 ft)|
|Number of domes||None|
|Materials||Coral stone and bricks|
|Archdiocese||Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia|
|Diocese||Diocese of Laoag|
|Archbishop||Ernesto Antolin Salgado, D.D., Archbishop of Nueva Segovia|
The Church of Saint Augustine, commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic parish church of the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Paoay church is prime example of Earthquake Baroque architecture, which is the Philippine interpretation of the European Baroque adapted to the seismic condition of the country. Destructive earthquakes are common and have destroyed earlier churches all throughout the country. Aside from Baroque, the church facade also exudes Javanese architecture reminiscent of Borobudur of Java.
The town of Paoay was originally called "Bombay" as the earliest inhabitants believed to have come from India. The earliest historical record of the area dates back to 1593, becoming an Augustinian independent parish in 1686. Building of the present church was started in 1694 by Augustinian friar Father Antonio Estavillo, and it was completed in 1710.
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