Philipines / Architecture

 St. William Cathedral’s Belfry

Name of artwork : Common name
St. William Cathedral’s Belfry
Name of artwork : Alternative name
Sinking Tower
Name of place : Common name
St. William Cathedral of Laoag
Country
Philipines
State
Ilocos Nord
Province/City
Laoag
latitude/longitude
18.1939313, 120.5936497
Type of artwork
Architecture
History of production
It is assumed that this St. William Cathedral’s Belfry was built after the earthquake in 1707. It is the belfry of t. William church which is the church of Laoag city. The belfry is 85 meters tall. It is also called Sinking Tower because half of the lower part of the door is under the ground.
Art
The characteristic of the belfry of Laoag School is completely different than the one from Vigan. The belfry of Vigan School is usually octagon but the belfry of Laoag School is always square with layers. This character is inherited from the belfry of the church of Paoay city which is one of the successors of Spanish art. It is worth noting that at the side corner of the belfry appears a lot of large buttresses and they were built separately from the church to protect the belfry from falling over the church when an earthquake occurs. For this reason, belfries in this area are situated separately from churches.
School
Laoag
Period
Early Spanish influence 
Age
17th – 19th centuries
Religion
Christianity 
Sect
Catholic 
Type of License
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
Rights
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre
Language
English
Date of Create
February 2015
Record creator
Chedha Tingsanchali