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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 49 Attractions in La Paz
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

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London
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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.

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Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Very impresive church. It´s a nice place to hang (outside of course), lots of street artists do their shows at the square in front of the church...

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
73 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

We paid our 20 bobs each not knowing what to expect. The church is immense and OTT which had been our experience in most of Bolivia and Peru. You are able to climb up onto the roof via very narrow staircases. This affords views across the rooftops and to the courtyards below. A labyrinth of paths across the rooftops takes... More

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

It is a good place to tour through and you can even go the the roof for a good view of the city. Good history of the city from the colonial view point.

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Ciudad La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Watched from far = Amazing... Getting inside = Interesting!!. Personally i recomend to visit the church for a little tour, depending of the guide you will just leave the place amazed or with a lot of ( ??? ). I recomend to visit it at morning when you can go up to the bell tower of the church and have... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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113 reviews 113 reviews
71 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

San Francisco was part of the original hub of La Paz. The church itself isn't as spectacular as other cathedrals, but is a worthwhile visit for the historical significance. For 20Bs you can go through the museum with a guide. Be sure to ask to go to the roof if it isn't offered. You can see much of the city... More

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Riyadh
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123 reviews 123 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Here is my review of the museum It costs 20 bolivianos and this comes with a Spanish guide, no English. The museum includes the old church. What I like Very spacious English text on the museum pieces Access to church roof and tower Upper view of the church Centrally located Improvement areas English guide would be good No direct access... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

must visit the museum inside and also the main hall, in the courtyard there are usually activities and free walks during the day

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Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

... this cathedral does not compare to the European ones. But there is enough to see with nice decorations, so there will be no regrets visiting the church if it's the first one you see. If it's not and you've had your fill of the dolls representing saints/JMJ, no worries skipping this one.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I went to the Sunday mass.. It was in Spanish which I enjoyed. But they also have English mass. The structure of the church is breath taking there's also history of the church in front. Enjoy

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