We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Iglesia de San Francisco

Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
$36*
and up
Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon...
87%
Ranked #10 of 45 Attractions in La Paz
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
Attraction details
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
Write a Review

339 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    142
    156
    40
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Paz, Bolivia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Nice place to vista for an afternoon if you get stuck out in the rain. Some nice architecture, gives a brief history of La Paz and has some very nice art work.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It is an icon of La PAz, Life generates around it. The barroque architecture is very pretty and its shear size imposes, The altar is gorgeous. It is a must see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
84 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We first went into the church and that was spectacular. I am non religious but this church is very impressive. It is very ornate with lots of gold leaf adorning the many saint platforms. The alter was beautiful and inspiring. Right next door is the museum. This is a MUST see. It was 20 bolivianos and for this we got... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Campinas, SP
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
48 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This church is on a busy street around the corner from the Witch's market. The streets are full of people and there are definitely people harassing foreigners for money. One followed my husband and I so closely and didn't take no for an answer that we eventually paid him to leave us alone because it was clear that he was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandefjord, Norway
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
120 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Maybe the most beautiful structure in La Paz Nice location but be extremely careful as the place is notorious for thieves and pickpockets. Don't go alone but do go. Food in street good and reasonable

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

A stunning building in the centre of La Paz where you can sit for hours on the steps and watch the locals go about their business. It really was an amazing spot to people watch.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Iglesia de San Francisco also viewed

La Paz, La Paz Department
La Paz, La Paz Department
 

Been to Iglesia de San Francisco? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Iglesia de San Francisco staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?