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The Belfry of Jaro is notable because it is one of the few belfries in the world that is not attached to the church. It is located just outside the Jaro plaza and faces the Jaro Cathedral.
The Spaniards founded this religious building in 1744, according to records. Though it was originally constructed for religious reasons, it also served as a military watch tower and a clock tower. It was originally built with bricks and fossil and lime stones in a Neoclassic style.
The Belfry was severely weakened by an earthquake on July 17, 1787, leaving just the foundation standing. Only in 1833, under the leadership of Augustinian friar Father Jesse Alvarez, was the belfry finally restored.
Historians believe a second earthquake struck the belfry between 1833 and 1881. The rebuilding was started by Msgr. Mariano Cuartero, the first bishop of Jaro. On January 25, 1948, the building was shook by the Cayca earthquake, which caused minor damage and necessitated another rebuild. This time, it was overseen by the National Institute. The shrine was designated a National Historical Landmark after it was restored.
The Jaro Belfry has been preserved in its splendor and is one of the city's best sights. Jaro Belfry stands magnificently as it portrays the Ilonggos' steadfast hearts that are unmoved by earthquakes or obstacles.
You can get to this historical landmark by riding a Jaro CPU jeepney. If you want to save time, you can always hail a cab and ask the driver to take you to Jaro Cathedral.
You can check this attraction anytime of day.