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Iglesia de San Francisco, La Paz

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Explore the craftsmanship and artistry that went into the creation of a Catholic church at Iglesia de San Francisco. The original church of this establishment was actually completed in 1581, but the structure collapsed in the 17th century due to snowfall. The edifice you see today is the second church, built in the 18th century, with part of its convent used as a museum. From outside, view the Mestizo-Baroque stonework. Take a tour of the inside to see areas not normally open to the public, such as the belfry and the painting collection in the museum. Even without a tour, step inside to view the art originating from locals and the Spanish colonizers. By using our La Paz travel itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Iglesia de San Francisco and other attractions in La Paz.
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  • We went for the Sunday mass, goes on every hour 7:00 to 11:00 AM. Unfortunately the guides only works Monday to Saturday, we will like to know more about the history. Even with aren't in too a mass wo...  more »
  • It's a toss up as to whether the cathedral of the San Francisco church is the more stunning highlight of La Paz. The SF church is more accessible in terms of opening times, but photography is complete...  more »
  • Visting the church after 1600 is free and one can take a leisurely look around the stunning interior bearing in mind that photographs are strictly prohibited. The craftsmanship and dedication that has...  more »
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  • Beautiful church! In the middle of La Paz, right next to our hotel was this amazing construction! San Francisco church is for sure one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been to!
  • Impressive. However they should not let a busy street run right next to it
  • The beautiful San Francisco, in the heart of La Paz. A must see cathedral...
  • Beautiful and peaceful church.
  • Nice place to see here at night. Beautiful iglesia

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