Saturday, January 29, 2011

Standing [Photo Hunt]

Sta. Maria Church  @ mirandablue
16th century churches in Ilocandia remain standing after centuries of natural and man-made calamities.  On top is the bell tower of Santa Maria Church in Ilocos Sur, below is the beautiful Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte.  Both churches are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Paoay Church  @ mirandablue


Posted for Photo Hunt, hosted by TN Chick

24 comments:

magiceye said...

......lovely..........

ipanema said...

these are magnificent photos...historical icons.


happy weekend! :)

Ruth said...

Impressive. I'd like to visit those.

upto6only said...

both pictures are beautiful. I really want to visit that place.

Randi said...

Such a unique and historical building!
Happy weekend.

My entry is here

jams o donnell said...

Great photos. I am sure that the churches have seen much over the centuries

momgen said...

Wow like to see like that...happy hunting...

Mine is here

Life Ramblings said...

these are great churches. love your subjects.

Sue St Clair said...

Wow! Both images are breathtaking! I can only imagine what it is like to be there in person. So much history!

Carver said...

I think it's very beautiful. I like how it's weathered by time and remains standing. Great choice.

YTSL said...

I think the tropic's heat and humidity have made the structures look older than they are. So it's a real tribute to those who constructed them that they're still standing after all these centuries!

Marta said...

Those are very interesting buildings. I would never have guessed they were catholic churches.

Liza said...

Beautiful shots! I've never been to Ilocos, sana this summer makapunta ako. :)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Standing

Hood Photo Blog said...

What an awesome place! This was my first time participating in the Photohunt :)

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Genie said...

These are two awesome shots. It is so fascinating the difference in the way the two churches have aged through the years. You captured them so beautifully I feel like I am actually standing there looking at them in person.

Viola said...

Charming, very special!! =) and so very old! :)

dong ho said...

definitely one of the most impressive in the country.

Ann said...

I hope they preserve it.

Sidney said...

Paoay Church: Probably one of the most imposing churches in the country...
They should clean up the facade/remove those plants ! :-(
(Sigh! And those are UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Is the parish priest sleeping on the job :-(

bing said...

i never knew Paoay church is that beautiful. i love to see it in person!

shiera (bisdakbabbles) said...

so old yet so pretty...
sana di mapabayaan :(

docgelo said...

nicely captured!
i've been to these 2 churches more than a few times and i am missing ilocos big time!

PS : I can't comment using my http://docgelo.wordpress.com account; don't know why. :c

MyMaracas said...

These churches look almost as if the could be naturally occurring formations of the earth. I love them both. You've photographed them beautifully, too. The top one especially looks like a vintage postcard, old and other-worldly.

Gattina said...

Very special churches ! They look beautiful and so interesting !