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.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
Improve this listing
Description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
More Info
$36*
and up
Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 461 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 193
    Excellent
  • 208
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
quiet, relaxing

very nice and relaxing place to unwind and relax. Not a lot to do, would not make a special trip here again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Richard E
,
Palm Springs, California
Add Photo Write a Review

461 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Palm Springs, California
Level Contributor
60 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

very nice and relaxing place to unwind and relax. Not a lot to do, would not make a special trip here again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A historic church at the upper end of El Prado (main street in La Paz), in Plaza San Francisco, first built in 16th century, rebuilt in 18th century. You can go in church for free, and visit the museum for 20 Bolivianos (about £2), where they take you on a tour of the cloisters (still in use by Franciscan monks)... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Petersburg, Russia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We took the tour for 20 bol each, and it includes a guide. The guide was the worst we ever had in our lives. He could not answer any of our questions... Basically you have to follow him, and listen to his explanations, which he learned, but don't be curious you will never get any extra information. First floor was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
21 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

You can visit the church itself without paying for a tour, and it is quite beautiful on its own. The architecture is very unique with many indigenous touches. However I would recommend that you pay for a tour at the museum next door. It cost us only 20 bolivianos and we were able to see many places in the church... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

With nothing to do in the city at the time I paid the entrance fee and didn't expect much. The church is so so beautiful and there's so many rooms to explore. Gorgeous courtyard outside with a garden and fountain. Once you get onto the top roof you have an amazing view of the city and the plaza itself. Great... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Beautiful church, and the included your was great too, really added to the experience, giving you a good history, not just of the church, but of the city too. Must see while in La Paz.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sherbrooke, Canada
Level Contributor
20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I'd say it's just another church. I was there when the pope visited and the area was quite animated. I prefered the plaza in front of the church to the church itself. This area of La Paz is quite touristical, but It's nice.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It's quite a beautiful church! I was lucky enough to be there during "Semana Santa". So there was plenty of activities outside the church. This also meant learning about the history regarding the church without taking the tour. I didn't take the tour this time I visited but I do remember it was pretty interesting. I also met people who... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

San Francisco church is located at the end of Sagnagara, a main tourist shopping street. And is beautiful inside. Much more ornate than the main cathedral a few blocks away. Take time to come in to see the sanctuaries and main alter.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I typically get saddened by visiting churches of the conquering society, but in this case, this cathedral was fascinating to me. Pay attention to the foundation of the church, and the small ways that the Bolivian artisans worked in their own aesthetic and expression into the workmanship of the church's designs and style.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Iglesia de San Francisco also viewed

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

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim 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?