Historic Town of Vigan (1999)

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Philippines 1992. St. Paul's Cathedral, Vigan. Philippines 1992. Calle Crisologo, Vigan.

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. 

Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere else in East and South-East Asia. 

Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning. Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia. 

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Other World Cultural Heritage Properties in the Philippines (on this web site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. For more information about the individual properties, please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Philippines-section. 

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