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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 47 Attractions in La Paz
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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260 reviews 260 reviews
88 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Sarnia, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
54 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is pretty much the heart of La PAz, and the square to the front is probably the best spot to enjoy the rich hubbub of local life. there are often musical, cultural events held there, and its a great location to head out from to all areas of the surrounding city too. Same that they don't let you take... More

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London, United Kingdom
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218 reviews 218 reviews
119 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

A lovely plain stone church with extraordinary carvings on the east portal and the high altar. I was sorry that the museum was not open on any of the 4 days that we stayed nearby.

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

For less than the price of lunch, you can take an English or Spanish tour that will take you around the church and soak you in the history of Bolivia. They'll show the church's many paintings and take you around the various cloisters, as well as explain the role of the church during Bolivia's search for Independence. You'll even get... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

They have a guided tour where you can go up the bell tower and have a nice look from the city. Aside from that, the architecture is so beautiful, that you get to admire all other places behind the facade. Entrance for foreigners is a bit higher, but as a local I truly enjoyed it.

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Los Angeles, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

it was an interesting church but it is not a must to do in la Paz, pretty similar to the many churches in Peru with mixed artworks

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Byron Bay
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248 attraction reviews
400 helpful votes 400 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

It opens only at 4pm, it’s rather dark inside, and signs on the wall inside indicate that photography is forbidden. The church itself is a fairly impressive structure when viewed from the street, but inside it’s rather plain, as far as catholic cathedrals are concerned. The only paintings and decoration is in the vestibule up front, with only some basic... More

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