Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sta. Monica Parish Church and Bell Tower

Alongside the Pasdan River, which was overran by native cottages on the side stands the Sta Monica Parish Church also known as Sarrat Church and Bell Tower, the largest church in the whole of Ilocos Region and considered as one of the oldest churches here. This church is near the Marcos Museum

Pictures were taken outside the church, for some reasons :)

Bell Tower
The view is perfect for a prenup shots...beautiful...vintage. This neoclassical-style red-bricked Sarrat Church took 10 years to build from 1669 and finally finished in 1679. The interiors look magnificent with around 500 hardwood molave logs used as the church framework. Gregorio Araneta from a scion clan of Araneta's and Irene Marcos the presidential daughter, took their marriage vows inside this church last June 11, 1983 and called it as the " Wedding of the Century" and many people compared it to the royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles as the sleepy town turned into a busy and bustling village during the wedding. I must add that Laoag International Airport and Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino was built to cater the wedding.
Casa del Palacio Real
Casa Palacio Real or Sta. Monica Parish Museum also served as a trial court building during Spanish Era.

sweet! :D

On our way to Light house, we stop over Pasuquin and bought some biscocho at Pasuquin bakery, the famous maker of delicious biscocho in the north.

Pasuquin bakery
And truly, its delicious!

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Deli said...

The church building looks huge. Dropping by for WW :)

Shahz said...

Beautiful Photos.. Love the church..

cassandrasminicorner said...

Wow, that church is so beautiful! I would love to visit one day:)

Visiting for OT- hope you can stop by:)

wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful church Sis :-) Visiting from Orange Tuesdays, hope that you can return the visit too.

melandria said...

that's one beautiful church, i wonder if there is a postcard like that, are you from ilocos? care to exchange cards, he hehe, thanks for sharing and hope to see you again on next green monday.

wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful church Sis :-) Visiting this time from Green Monday, hope that you can return the visit too.

anne said...

Those spots are just so beautiful... Visiting from OT hope you can visit me too thanks! Mary Anne’s Musings

Emzkie said...

thats a pretty church! very historical.

from Wednesday Whites! mine is

cassandrasminicorner said...

Visiting again for WW- hope you can stop by:)

wifetoalineman02 said...

beautiful church and building too Sis :-) Visiting late this time from Wednesday Whites, hope that you can return the visit too.

Sheng Sheryl Lotilla Apuhin said...

Thanks for
joining Orange
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till Saturday. Have a nice day!


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