Punta Cruz Watchtower

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Barangay Road, Punta Cruz
Province of Bohol
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9.73506164551°N 123.790077209°E

In Maribojoc, some 14 km west of Tagbilaran City, a curious triangular watch tower, called the Punta Cruz Watchtower oversees the seas South of Bohol. From its windows at the top, you can see Cebu, Siquijor, and Mindanao. The Spanish had it build in 1796 as a look-out post against pirates and Muslim marauders, who at that time where a plague to the people of Bohol.

Remants of similar triangular towers can be found in a number of other places along the coast of Bohol, such as Panglao, Dauis, Loay, and on Pamilacan island, but this tower is the most intact. The tower of Loay, about 18 km east of Tagbilaran is much eroded by the waves of the sea. The tower on Pamilacan island was build to a slightly different plan.

Today the Punta Cruz watch tower still provides an excellent view. The site now offers a small stall for buying drinks and snacks and makes a good spot for a picnic and a swim — although you’ll have to watch out when you climb on the very sharp rocks. – wikipilipinas.org

The Bohol earthquake of October 15, 2013 collapsed the top and mid levels of the watchtower, restoration is on-going.

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Posted: January 5, 2014

Author: pamana360

Category: Forts & Watchtowers, National Historical Landmarks

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