SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO PARISH CHURCH AND BELL TOWER
NAME OF PROPERTY: SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO PARISH CHURCH AND BELL TOWER
LOCATION: Along National Highway, Balaoan, La Union
Balaoan Catholic Church also known as San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church was built in the year 1821. The church was small then, measuring 15 brazas (25.05 m.) long and 4 ½ brazas (7.515 m.) wide. Construction was continued in 1829 and was completely finished in year 1864.
San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church is a baroque style church. The style of the façade sets it apart from the rest of the churches of La Union. The crowding of the columns in the façade creates a startling but pleasant effect due to skillful construction and integration of elements in the design of the structure.
After 197 years, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church is still the center of Catholic Faith in the municipality. It serves as house of worship and meditation. It is considered as a tourist and cultural attraction of the town.