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Cagsawa Ruins
The remnants of a 16th-century church in Legazpi in the shadows of Mayon

Cagsawa Ruins

The Cagsawa ruins (also known as Kagsawa or Cagsaua) is the remnants of a 16th-century church in Albay (Bicol region). Some genius built the Cagsawa a mere 11km to the South of Mayon, an active stratovolcano.

Today, the church’s bell tower is the only remaining structure left at the national park after the massive 1814 eruption of Mayon. The converted ruins are a favorite park where local festivals take place. The ruins are a tourist draw as the area has many Mayon-themed activities surrounding it.

The structure has stood for the past 200 years but will (eventually) succumb to earthquakes and eruptions of Mayon – a testament to the dangers of living in such proximity to an active volcano.

When you explore this historic Philippine destination, the first thing you’ll notice is how much destruction there is and how far away Mayon is. The scale and amount of devastation put things into perspective that humans are just along for the wild ride that nature has in store for us.

Check the weather and plan your trip when Mayon’s summit is cloud-free. Typically this is early morning, but cloud cover shifts quickly based on the wind patterns.

Interested in visiting Cagsawa Ruins? Travel Blogger and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN Sean Brown has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help make your trip a breeze.

What is the closest airport to Cagsawa Ruins?

The closes regional airport is Legazpi Airport (IATA: LGP) which is approximately 10-15 minutes away from the Cagsawa Ruins.

What is the local currency at Cagsawa Ruins?

Philippine Peso (PHP) is the local currency. Admission to the ruins is free, however there's a PHP 30 fee to park (PHP 50 if you're foreign).

Cagsawa Ruins

Daraga, 4501 Albay, Philippines

Latitude: 13.166056

Longitude: 123.701050

Telephone: +63 907 589 6521

Official Website:

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