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Iglesia de San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Ranked #8 of 48 Attractions in La Paz
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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Taipei, Taiwan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

must visit the museum inside and also the main hall, in the courtyard there are usually activities and free walks during the day

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Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

... this cathedral does not compare to the European ones. But there is enough to see with nice decorations, so there will be no regrets visiting the church if it's the first one you see. If it's not and you've had your fill of the dolls representing saints/JMJ, no worries skipping this one.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I went to the Sunday mass.. It was in Spanish which I enjoyed. But they also have English mass. The structure of the church is breath taking there's also history of the church in front. Enjoy

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

San Francisco Cathedral is an Icon in the La Paz, Original Colonial, the lights make it ever more beautiful at night. I LOVE the typical folkloric stores in Calle Sagarnaga next to the Cathedral. A Must visit place and shop.

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Brasilia, DF
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

San francisco's church is located in the touristic area of La Paz's downtown right beside Sagarnaga street. It has a colonial/franciscan style and a big square in front of it, where there are frequent public artistic presentations.

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Balkanabat, Balkan, Turkmenistan
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As with many cathedrals around the world, it's going to look beautiful inside and have interesting architecture outside. The Museum is one of those "must-do" things in La Paz, so do it.

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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368 reviews 368 reviews
132 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Beautifull church with great architecture and beautiful wood carvings. have a seat and watch the locals pray and worship.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very beautiful it's worth visiting it when u are in La Paz! Make sure u go to the restaurant in front it has an amazing view of it

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San Francisco
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The church was near my hotel so I visited it for an hour one morning. There was hardly anyone there so I was able to take my time. You can't take pictures inside, otherwise I'd have recorded the wine barrels for making wine and pisco! Staff was friendly enough, I had a janitor take a photo for me. They have... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I'll begin by saying that I'm not a huge fan of museums to begin with, but I wasn't super impressed with the tour or the tour guide that comes with the 20 boliviano entry fee. You're mainly looking at paintings, which all have descriptions, so I'd personally rather just go at my own pace. Plus, I went at 3:00 so... More

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