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Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

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Great view from the bell tower

We really enjoyed this tour of the cathedral. The church is very old and since it was built clergy have lived here (still do). There and a few rooms where you really sense how it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Delmar, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We really enjoyed this tour of the cathedral. The church is very old and since it was built clergy have lived here (still do). There and a few rooms where you really sense how it might have been to live here 300 years ago - and how oppressive the colonial morality was. We had seen the church from the ground,... More 

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South America
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is a real gem. My only complaint is that you can only wander around as part of a guided tour, and our guide pushed us through at a brisk pace. I would have liked to take more time. I presume the tour is due to the meandering nature of the building. Parts are closed off to tourists because... More 

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The church is beautiful inside and out, it was very touching to be there during a mass and hear the voices raised in song filling the space, I'd go back to lion around more as I didn't like to during worship. The museum however is a disappointment - it costs 20bol to get in, a tour is mandatory but just... More 

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Thank ComradeRose
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The english guide on the museum.. Oh dear lord! Well, he didn't speak good English, I didn't mind that but he was so scared and embarrassed about that so he practically ran the place through and on the way just pointed up the objects and said a few words about them. The "tour" lasted around 10 mins, even though of... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The museum and the church are definitely worth a visit. The church is not accesible at all times of the day but if it's open it's worth a visit to see the beautiful altar and have a look at the crypts.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Located at the crossing of Sagarnaga and Murillo streets, in the back of the plaza with the same name, Iglesia de San Francisco is perhaps the oldest in the country. Construction started in 1548, before the founding of the city of La Paz, it then collapsed in 1612 and built again in 1753. The frontage of the church is a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Well worth the visit. It's a beautiful church measuring up to those in Europe. The detailing on both the interior and exterior is incredible

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Make your way here and then head off up the many laneways and explore the old City . The Church has lots of activity outside as well as the usual views inside

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The architrcture is a combination of european and indiginous...so it is a beautiful unique church...no doubt But whats more excited are activities at the front...such as chess tables and street concert

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

One of the Most Important buildings in La Paz and a unique architecture and facade-decoration! Note the floral motives and the inca-faces there! And never forget to say a prayer for the Peoples of Bolivia!

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