Historical restoration consultants play a big role in preserving the culture, story, and heritage of historical places, and allowing people from the present to revisit the past. This is why the Vigan, with its ancient architecture, shows a classic example of successful preservation of historical culture and heritage. In fact, it is considered as “an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia” by UNESCO.
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Vigan is the capital and a fourth-class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea, Vigan is a World Heritage Site, being one of the few Hispanic towns left in the country. Well known for its cobblestone streets, the Hispanic structures of the city remain intact up to the present. The unique architecture in the city fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European style.
Things to Do in Vigan
Explore Calle Crisologo, the cobble-stoned street in Vigan with Spanish period ancestral houses left and right. Dawn is the best time to walk along the street as you can experience the quiet Calle Crisologo without the hustles of tourists and shopkeepers; only sidewalks that are stripped bare of colorful wares.
One of the best things about traveling is getting to taste authentic food and recipes. At Vigan, the must-try is the Vigan longganisa that is best eaten during breakfast. Many local resturants and eateries are available in the city which serves delicious and authentic Vigan meals.
Visit the Syquia mansion on Calle Quirino, an ancestral home of the family of former President Elpidio Quirino's wife's. The mansion is a must-see not just for its historical significance but for its beauty. It features high-ceilinged rooms with hardwood floors and are decorated with whimsical wood carvings of pageboys, country lasses, antique wooden furniture and oriental porcelain.