Lonely sentinel of the hill

DSC_0200Freestanding belfries are not an uncommon sight in Philippine churches. They are usually detached from the churches they serve to prevent damage from earthquakes and to serve other purposes like to oversee the town and its surroundings. The bell tower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur is one such detached bell tower. Sitting regally on the crest of a hill, the Bantay bell tower is one of Ilocandia’s most enigmatic sights in a region already filled with spectacular colonial architecture.

DSC_0140Overseeing not just the town but the colonial capital of Vigan nearby, the belfry provided sweeping views of the town, the neighboring mountains of Abra, and the sea alerting the town in case of pirate attacks. It is notable that this tower has come to be built in a town named Bantay which translates to guard.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s