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These pictures were taken last year during a visit to Paoay Church in the northern part of the Philippines. It is a Unesco Heritage site.
Built by the Augustinians, the church was completed in 1710 and they are supported by 24 huge stone buttresses. St. Augustine Church or plainly just called Paoay church is the oldest in Ilocos Norte and is said to be able to withstand earthquakes. Some call its architecture as earthquake baroque although it’s style is a combination of oriental and Spanish.
The lower portion of the buttresses looks like a cross-section of a nautilus shell. It could be because Paoay faces the China Sea and parts of the church were built with corals and stones from the sea.