St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral - Ilocos Sur Attractions

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.


As found in the church’s marker, the original church was a chapel of wood and thatch erected in 1574 on orders of Juan de Salcedo, the conquistador and Founder of Villa Fernandina (now Vigan). Historian Benito Legarda writes that the “construction of the cathedral to replace the dilapidated church of San Pablo was authorized by the celebrated Governor Jose de Basco y Vargas in 1786, and the cornerstone was laid on January 31, 1790.” The church itself became a cathedral when the seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia was transferred from Lal-lo, Cagayan, to Vigan in 1758. An imposing structure in the heart of Vigan, the church’s main door flanked by two pairs of columns which rise to the second tier of the façade. A niche above the main door houses a statue of St. Paul. A three-story bell tower with a square base and a mini-dome at the top lies nearby.



Events Related to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

Binatbatan Festival
Longaniza Festival
Sinait Garlic Festival
Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts
World Heritage Day

Attractions Related to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral

Ancestral Houses
Crisologo Museum
Leona Florentino House
Museo San Pablo
Nueva Segova Museum
Padre Burgos Museum
Palacio de Arzobispado
Plaza Burgos
Plaza Salcedo
Syquia Mansion
The Ayala Museum
The Mestizo District