Cagsawa Ruins

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Cagsawa Ruins - Photo by Camille San Vicente

Cagsawa Ruins - Photo by Camille San Vicente

The remnants of a 16th-century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa Ruins, are a perfect foreground element when taking photos to the Mayon Volcano. The church ruins are situated ideally at the foothills of the legendary volcano; the ruins are a delight to photograph. The Cagsawa Ruins are arguably one the most photogenic spots in all of the Philippines, but the Ruins have a turbulent history. Built in 1587, Cagsawa was burned down and destroyed by Dutch pirates in 1636. The Church was again rebuilt in 1724, but following a Volcanic eruption in 1814, the Church was destroyed again along with the entire town. It has sat as a ruin since. (Daraga, Philippines)

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