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Address: Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.

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Interesting church

Don't miss this attraction. Take your time in the church. The inside of the church might be frightening to young children. My son did find the decorations scary but this is a must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Karin P
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this attraction. Take your time in the church. The inside of the church might be frightening to young children. My son did find the decorations scary but this is a must see in La Paz.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic example of baroque in America. The altares and pulpits are beautiful! You should not miss this place!

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West Dundee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a gorgeous Church, the architecture and design is very intriguing and appeals to all. The only thing is that on week days they open at 4;00PM, but other than than, well worth it

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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best way to see the church is taking the museum tour. The church is more than just a church it's a convent. In old times it used to be a larger convent to which lay people where not allowed.. Now you can see parts of it. The climb to the roof is worth it! Enjoy

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For 20Bs you get a guided tour in either English or Spanish, this lasts approx 45 mins so good for teenagers with a short attention span! You get to see around the monastery and the highlight (literally) would be the view from the church rooftop overlooking the city. The access to the roof is steep and through a narrow staircase.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Besides the church, the huge space in front is a central gathering for many events in the city. In fact, the entire time we stayed here, every night there was a band playing and the plaza is so crowded. Back to the church, it is located in the Sagarnaga area. The groundbreaking began in 1743 and opened in 1758. The... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Tours are available every day of the week besides Sunday for 20 Bs. This grants you entrance and also a tour guide. I went alone, and they didn't even make me wait. I got a personal tour. They offer English and Spanish (maybe others but those were the only ones they offered me). Great lesson in history. Only problem- you... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Great spot to be at. The markets start from here, the mall is across the street and the street vendors...we'll some of the best in La Paz.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Located west of El Prado. Founded in 1548. The facade is decorated with stone carvings of chirimoyas, pinecones and tropical birds. It is just a lovely church and when you go inside you can feel at peace and get the feel of how many Bolivians are devoted Catholics.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

The church was certainly built on a grand scale and while the Italian marble flooring is opulent the rest is not as ornate as other churches such as in Cusco etc. It's free to get in so worth a quick look if you're passing.

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