Bantay Church and Bellfry
Bantay, Ilocos Sur
Bantay is a town adjacent to Vigan City, together with Vigan City it somehow forms a Metro Configuration with Vigan City since Vigan City has a strict development regulations regarding new constuctions owing to its World Heritage status, thus some developments have to be located in Bantay.
Bantay has an interesting church, with a mix of baroque brickworks and neogothic details in the facade and as well as the main altar and the interiors. The church is dedicated to Nuestra Senora de Caridad, popular among locals as Apo Caridad.
As for most Ilocos Churches with their belltower located a street from the church facade so it will not topple and destroy the facade, the belltower of Bantay Church is also located too far frm the main church atop a hill. The belltower also served. as a watchtower during the Revolution.