Paoay Church

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Paoay Church
St. Augustine Church of Paoay
San Agustin Church
The façade and bell tower of Paoay Church
Paoay Church is located in Philippines
Paoay Church
Paoay Church
Location within the Philippines
18°3′41.5″N 120°31′17.5″E / 18.061528°N 120.521528°E / 18.061528; 120.521528
Location Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Country Philippines
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1686
Founder(s) Father Antonio Estavillo
Dedication Saint Augustine of Hippo
Status Active
Heritage designation UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines
Designated 1993
Architect(s) Father Antonio Estavillo
Architectural type Masonry
Style Earthquake Baroque
Groundbreaking 1694
Completed 1710
Length 110 metres (360 ft)
Width 40 metres (130 ft)
Number of domes None
Materials Coral stone and bricks
Parish Paoay
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
Diocese Diocese of Laoag
Province Ilocos Norte
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.[1] Aside from Baroque, the church facade also exudes Javanese architecture reminiscent of Borobudur of Java.[2]


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.[3]


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  1. ^ "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". World Heritage Convention. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  2. ^ "Paoay Church". Pasyalang Ilocos Norte.Retrieved on 2011-07-09.
  3. ^ "Paoay Church". Heritage Conservation Society. Retrieved on 2011-07-09.

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Coordinates: 18°3′41.5″N 120°31′17.5″E / 18.061528°N 120.521528°E / 18.061528; 120.521528