Founded in 1538 AD Sucre is older than any city in the United States, and the city is home to numerous churches, many of which even pre-date the arrival of colonists to Jamestown, along with other early colonial buildings. While Bolivia’s twin capital of La Paz was laid siege to on more than one occasion, Sucre has an equally long but more peaceful history. Thus much more of this older architecture survives to be seen today.

This includes the Universidad Mayor de San Francisco Xavier, or as it is also known the University of San Xavier, which features many of the original buildings dating from the founding in 1624. The classic late Renaissance architecture features its Spanish influence, and is reminiscent of the style that was seen in many of the colonial buildings of the era.

The city is also filled with numerous scared buildings that have survived to this day, and offer a look back to the importance that the Catholic Church played in the early founding of Sucre. This includes the city’s Cathedral, which began construction in 1551, combines various styles of the day including the late Renaissance and early Baroque features, with a bit of influence of the “Mestizo Baroque,” which is employed in numerous Spanish colonial churches. The nearby Chapel of the Virgen de Guadalupe, which was built in 1617, is another example of the traditional Spanish colonial church.

And of course the Church of San Francisco is yet another must-see church, and it was here that the bells were rung in the tall church tower, calling up citizens of Sucre to rise up against he Spanish.