Saint Paul Cathedral, more popularly known as Vigan Cathedral, is one of the most visited religious sites in Vigan. The first cathedral, made of wood and thatch was built and ordered by Juan de Salcedo, the conqueror in 1574. It was re-constructed in 1641 in its present Baroque-style structure. The bell tower is about 25 meters high and it is surmounted by a large bronze weathercock that is said to symbolize St. Peter.
Plaza Salcedo, named after Juan de Salcedo, is located in front of the Saint Paul Cathedral. The monument was erected in the city square, as a tribute to this Spanish conquistador. Plaza Salcedo was the site of the execution of Gabriela Silang in September of 1763. Gabriela Silang was the first woman leader of the Philippine revolution who was publicly hanged there to serve as a warning to the restive populace.
Plaza Salcedo features a garden with a diorama of the world’s man-made wonders like London’s Big Ben, Moscow’s St. Basil Basilica, Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Vigan’s heritage site. At the center of the plaza is the Salcedo Salcedo Obelisk. And you can enjoy the refreshing fountain display and lagoon.
Edgar dela Cruz of City Tourism Office
How to get there
From Metro Manila, take a bus going to Vigan. Or fly to Laoag International Airport. Then take a bus to Vigan. The ride a tricycle to Saint Paul Cathedral and Plaza Salcedo