One of the most popular tourist spots in Ilocos Sur, Calle Crisologo looks like it was taken out of a movie scene, what with its ancestral homes and cobblestone streets that perfectly capture the Spanish colonial period. Whether you’re walking through the historic street or taking a leisurely ride on a kalesa or horse-drawn carriage, Calle Crisologo is a must-visit for any tourist going to Vigan!
As one of the best-preserved heritage sites in Vigan, Calle Crisologo boasts a unique atmosphere that would take you back in time. Heritage houses built centuries ago line up both sides of the street, depicting Spanish-influenced architecture preserved for several centuries. And with the site closed to vehicles, tourists can fully enjoy Calle Crisologo’s cobblestone street.
Many of the houses that line Calle Crisologo offer even more beyond their architectural marvels. Some have opened their houses to tourists who want to find out more about their stories, while others have been turned into retail stores that sell souvenirs and local delicacies. And of course, there are many locations around the street that’s perfect for a quick photo!
On top of its architectural and historical beauty, Calle Crisologo even has a dramatic love story behind it to add to its flair. A commonly told tale by local tour guides is that a Japanese general fell in love with a local Filipina, and this relationship was what spared Calle Crisologo, and the city of Vigan as a whole, from bombings during World War II. While it’s unknown what happened to the general and his lover, their love story continues to live on in Calle Crisologo’s towering structures!
Calle Crisologo can be found in Vigan, being close by to other popular tourist attractions within the city such as Syquia Mansion and the Dancing Fountain. Many whole-day tours that take you around Vigan will include a visit to Calle Crisologo in their itineraries.