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“worth an hour of your time” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Iglesia de San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco
Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Ranked #7 of 42 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.
Auckland, New Zealand
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27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“worth an hour of your time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Peaceful, interesting history, crypt closed the afternoon we were there but our tickets were good for a return visit.

Visited July 2013
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Mesa, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Lively church and community space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is one of the communal hubs in La Paz. You can go to church, take in a puppet show, catch a bus, or try some street food. Just up the street is textile shopping, the witches market, and lots of restaurants.

Visited June 2013
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LaPlace, Louisiana
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101 attraction reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“One of many wonderful old churches in La Paz”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

San Francisco has small cedar altars decorated with gold leaf designs. Candles are not used in churches here because of fire.

Visited March 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“"A Pleasant Surprise"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Initially I wasn't planning on visiting the Cathedral, but then stumbled upon it as I was looking for the Witches Market. Once inside they provided a guide who spoke English. Usually, I prefer to self-tour, but I was pleasantly surprised by the information I learned about La Paz and it's history. The views from the bell tower are spectacular and the crypt (although a bit creepy) tells the stories of the many war heroes of Bolivia. Costs a few bucks to get in, but I say it's well worth it!

Visited June 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Attractive church.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This church is centrally located and always teeming with people, especially on the weekends. Interesting colonial architecture.

Visited May 2013
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