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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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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114 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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
384 helpful votes 384 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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158 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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54 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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