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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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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

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One of the City's Main Icon

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Indiana_Jonesse
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Our guide spoke good English and took great interest in his job. The church is quite amazing. No photos allowed inside but that only cemented the experience for me.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

There was a lot of history behind this church, and it is beautifully maintained. Our tour guide was young, but knowledgeable, and we enjoyed our time here. We went on a weekday during the day and ended up being there the same time as some local schools were doing tours, but our tour guide took us a different way and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a must! We visited the church with an English guide, a very knowledgeable social science student who guaranteed that we got all historical information. The site with the first column of the church in 1549 was impressive, also the visit to the roof top with bells! Visiting the rooms and halls full of paintings, I was caught by... More 

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Loved the tour, I was guided by a charming young lady that explained everything and I was very impressed. Very nice little tour.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The buildings are amazing, but it was the guide who made it special. A young woman named Helen who spoke excellent English explained the allegorical meanings of the paintings to me in a way that unlocked them for me -- I should add I've been to dozens of galleries all over the world and no-one has explained it as well.... More 

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