Sunday, March 9, 2008

Bell Tower of St. Francis of Assisi

The Bell Tower of St. Francis of Assisi is the first landmark that will greet you when you arrive in the port of Siquijor. Again, I don't claim to know the history of the bell tower. But the following text is quoted from this site for your convenience

"Built in the year 1870, another century – old religious heritage is the St. Francis of Assisi Bell Tower and Church. Made up mostly of corals, the church is located in the town of Siquijor, Siquijor near the local pier. It was intentionally positioned there to give the guests and travelers a grand Siquijodnon welcome with blessings and goodwill upon arrival at the Siquijor Pier. The church has its own watch tower or bell tower built to protect and forewarn the island folks of approaching pirates and other adversaries.

The St. Francis of Assisi Church has just undergone extensive restoration and repairs for the purpose of preserving its historical value and significance, and for maximum appreciation of its breathtaking beauty by all who come to visit the Church today and in the years to come. The Bell Tower is tagged next for repair and restoration immediately after constructive work on the Church."

This is a photo of the wooden staircase that leads to the top of the bell tower.

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