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Iglesia de San Francisco

Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Ranked #7 of 41 Attractions in La Paz
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

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Campinas, SP
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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 

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Sandefjord, Norway
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200 reviews 200 reviews
118 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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

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London
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109 reviews 109 reviews
34 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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.

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Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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251 reviews 251 reviews
75 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
71 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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