Popular man-made tourist spots in Ilocos Norte

Aside from natural tourist spots, Ilocos Norte also boasts man-made tourist spots. These are classified into three, namely, structure, historical and pilgrimage.

A) Structure

Bangui Windmills (Baruyen, Bangui, Ilocos Norte)
It is a 33 MW power generation plant consisting of 20 Vestas NM82 wind turbines rated at 1.65 MW each. The turbines are on shore and arranged in a single row spaced approximately 326 meters apart.

Patapat Viaduct (Pancian,Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
Is a winding bridge found at the foot of the cliff of the North Cordillera Mountain Ranges. It is a viaduct connecting Barangay Balaoi and Barangay Pancian, which is around 1.2 kilometers long. This bridge is often referred to as the French Riviera of the North. It is along this winding bridge where you can find the once upon time enchanting Mabugabog Falls but now it already serves as one of the sources of power of the mini-hydro electric plant it is only during the rainy days when it shows its splendor with its water dropping rhythmically to a precipice on the rocky shore of the sea below. While at the middle of the bridge, you could take a look at the awesome view of the sea below and the verdant mountains at the other side which is 200 meters above sea level. The bridge its surround it makes it really a breathtaking scenery to behold.

Malacañang of the North (Suba Paoay, Ilocos Norte)
It was built as the official residence of the late Pres. Marcos in Ilocos Norte overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake, this imposing structure is now a museo.

Marcos Mausoleum (Lacub, Batac, Ilocos Norte)
It houses the remains of the late President Ferdinand R. Marcos laid in a refrigerated crypt. His remains has been lying here since September 1993.

B) Historical

Aglipay Historic Shrine (Kullabeng, Pinili, Ilocos Norte)
It is sitio kullabeng where Monsignor Gregorio L. Aglipay celebrated his 42nd Birthday at the residence of Don Ignacio Lafradez wherein many Filipino Priests were among those who are invited to grace the occasion. The issue of the abuse and discrimination of the Spanish Friars against the Filipino counter parts became the center of discussion, Mons. Aglipay led the group of the Filipino Priests in their declaration of independence from Rome and as a result they established the National Church, the ?Iglesia Filipina Independiente? and so the first mass of the newly-born church was first celebrated in Kullabeng during said occasion.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Bayog Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
It is a concrete structure about 120 feet in height situated on the top of a mountain. It was built in 1892 and was first lighted on March 31, of the same year where it send signals to ships passing by the Cape facing the northern portion of the South China Sea. Apparently, this structure was built without steel during the Spanish regime making it a wonder in its engineering and architectural design.

Juan Luna Shrine (Garreta, Badoc, Ilocos Norte)
The restored house is now a repository of the memorabilia and reproductions of the works of the painter Juan Luna who furthered the cause of the Philippine Nationalism through his art, earning the respect and admiration of Europeans in recognition of his talent.

C) Pilgrimage

St. Augustine Paoay Church (Veronica, Paoay, Ilocos Norte)
Built of Coral blocks and stucco-plastered bricks, the architecture is a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque and Oriental. Construction of the church was started in 1704 and completed in 1894. A few meters away is the coral-stone belltower which served as observation post of the ?Katipuneros? during the Philippine Revolution and again by the ?Guerillas? during the Japanese occupation. In 1992, the church is nominated to the UNESCO?s World Heritage List and officially inscribed in 1993.

Saint Williams Cathedral (FR Castro Street Laoag City)
One of the biggest cathedral in the country and the seat of the Diocese of Laoag. The construction of the cathedral began in 1612 and was the site of the Diocesan Congress in 1932 and 1949. The Augustinians built the church of Italian Renaissance design in 1612. Its unique 2 storey facade is held by 4 pairs of coupled columns. The deeply recessed niche shows the image of the Patron Saint of Laoag San Guillermo.

Sta Monica Church & Convent (San Vicente, Sarrat,Ilocos Norte)
The convent of the church was constructed in 1769 and served as a temporary chapel until the completion of the church and belltower in 1779. A flight of stairs connects the church to the convent. This structural feature is the only one in the country. Of all churches in the Ilocos, Sarrat looks the most neo-classical in style. Its baroque air is expressed by the inverted scroll on the pediment.

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(Source : DOT Region 1)

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