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Iglesia de San Francisco

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Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
Description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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$36*
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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

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Amazing....Retablo....En Pan de Oro

Its free...its beautifull ....its....huge...images....it takes you back in time as soon as you get in....not sure if you can take pictures I guess you can....only at the museums... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Cochabamba, Bolivia
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Cochabamba, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Its free...its beautifull ....its....huge...images....it takes you back in time as soon as you get in....not sure if you can take pictures I guess you can....only at the museums you are not allowed to take pictures...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

when I get there, a lot of policeman are getting ready for the carnival on the ground in front of the iglesia. it was crazy.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful facade and plaza outside The inside nothing spectacular and no fotos inside. Lots of souvenir shops in the side street but nothing notable.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This church is close to the witch market which is an area packed with attractions. The crurch itself is old and the interior is very well preserved. The outside is really intricate and just looking at the entrance is a treat.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The San Francisco church as it stands today is built on the site of an earlier one which was destroyed during a massive snowstorm that collapsed the building. The tour includes access to the bell tower. English speaking guides are available, though they are provided gratis tips are always appreciated.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

San Francisco is a central spot with lots of activities. Nice place to people watch. We had no problems but do get local advice on safety if you'll be there late in the evenings or at night.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I came to the church in the evening towards the end of a service. I only had about 20 minutes inside so we quickly made a round and ended up seeing most of the statues displayed. The day must have been quite sacred beause there was this little candle filled room that people were crawling into, but we didn't have... More 

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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The church itself is big and is nice to see all the people around it, when I went for the first time there was a graduation going on and it was cool to see the locals there celebrating however the church itself is nothing extra special in terms of architecture or internal decoration. However I love that area, it has... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Church is quite impressive all though a lot smaller than I was expecting. Next door there is a museum with a wide collection of art that was pretty good. I actually preferred the Basilica further up the road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Really like how the church makes a real effort to educate people on the history of la paz and the region as you tour through the church. They have signs in English, spanish, and French so you know exactly what you're looking at. Definitely go to the bell tower to look out over the square. Only con is they don't... More 

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