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Iglesia de San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in La Paz
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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Los Angeles, California
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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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312 helpful votes 312 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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Columbia, Missouri, Usa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The church itself is a lot like a lot of other Andean Cathedrals but it was originally the church of the Indio with the church for the Spanish across the river (now underneath the street called the Prado). There are guided tours that give you some access to parts of the church that you can't just walk to that give... More

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Somerset
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271 reviews 271 reviews
157 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We were able to gain entrance to the church although as previously mentioned no photo's. Worth a walk around to see the luxuries inside the church, however if you are lucky enough to have a guide they will be able to explain the history of the church as well as the structure around the door which has a mix of... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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126 reviews 126 reviews
54 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This place is easy to locate and perhaps the most lively place in the evenings. The church is pretty decent for a visit, no photographs are allowed. The lane next to the church has lot of shops where you can buy souvenirs.

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Ulm
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

A catholic church with a lot of pomp in gold inside. Outsite many beggar, "artists" and tourists until late in the night.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Some may say that La Paz is short on sights, but this is definitely one not to miss. You can only explore with a guide and photography is not allowed (as is the case with many museums in La Paz). The guide was knowledgeable and they have done a good job preserving relics, e.g., several crosses from different time periods,... More

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Canberra, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Its easy to find and visit in La Paz. My favourite building in La Paz, the rest of the city is a bit bland/run down.

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La Paz, Bolivia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

The San Francisco museum is one of my favorites in the city. It offers great insight into the history of La Paz and the country. It's definitely worth a visit.

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La Paz, Bolivia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This 350 year old church is amazing in terms of both history and architecture! It also has a nice museum. Not so much the glass cases full of old things museum, but more of a walking tour which includes the bell tower with a great view of that area of La Paz. Basically, originally there were two cathedrals built in... More

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