This tower was built by Augustinian Friars in 1612. Its original height was 45 meters, the tallest, largest and most massive in the Philippines. Its design has baroque elements typical in Ilocos. It is built of old brick and stones. The tower rises in four tiers, and the base supports the graduated upper tiers. Access to the top is via a vaulted tunnelleading to a winding wooden stairway. At the top are 6 belts of different sizes. History has it that centuries back, a person on horseback can enter its vaulted entrance without stopping. Today, a person around 5 feet tall hast to stoop to enter. The tower has sunk considerably and evenly, earning the reputation as the sinking belltower.
The Sinking Belltower
Laoag, Ilocos Norte