January 18, 2014


Undoubtedly ,this  famous street   helped  Vigan made its way to the list of  UN Historical Sites. 
The  length of the street is paved with cobble stone. On both sides are centuries old Spanish houses. Though the buildings were built hundred years ago, its European architecture is still very visible. Truly, Vigan is making a  great effort to preserve its grandeur.  Most of these buildings have   Capiz windows and large doors.
 Calle Crisologo and Plaridel street forms the Vigan Heritage Village. This place was used to be the residence of the the affluent  families. Today, some of the house's lower floors  are converted into  souvenir shops and eateries while the second floors are still residential.  
The street was named after the famous Ilokano writer, Mena Pecson Crisologo. If my memory serves me right , it was  called Mena Crisologo Street before its inclusion in the UN Historical List of Sites. Famous literary personality, Leona Florentino, owned a house here. She lived on the first house of the street , right in front is her statue. Today the said house is now the Provincial Tourism Office and a restaurant on its ground floor.
Even this historical street is not spared from traffic especially during holidays and fiestas because of too many tourists and the kalesas. Kalesas or horse drawn carriages are the only allowed mode of transportation.  All motorized vehicles must take another routes. 
Tip: I would recommend strolling the street before it gets dark so you can see its beauty during the day and night.

Read my other posts on my Ilocos Sur series

1.  Historic Town Of Vigan
2. Vigan City Attractions and Festivals
3.  Calle Crisologo| Vigan Heritage Village
4. Buridek Children's Museum
5. Vigan Cathedral| St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
6. Apo Caridad Pilgrimage Site| Bantay's Best Kept Secret
7. Bantay Church Bell Tower
8. Vigan Dancing Fountain and Laser Lights Show
9. Baluarte| A Zoo in the Historic Town of Vigan
10. Discovering Vigan's Hidden Garden
11. Pagburnayan| Vigan Jar Factory

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please share your thoughts...