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. Make Iglesia de San Francisco a part of your La Paz vacation plans using our La Paz trip app .
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  • October 6, 2017
    I’m not catholic, but I can appreciate all the fantastic structures they have built and this one is impressive. Be warned, you are not supposed to take pictures inside . . . Oops! I didn’t see the sig...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    It is a beautiful church, located in the historic center of La Paz. It has a museum that is worth visiting. It is surrounded by squares and places that always looks fed up people. A few blocks away are markets spear (handicrafts), witches (objects for ceremonies and popular cults) and a myriad of places that must be seen, to soak up the spirit of this magnificent city. Everything can be done walking. The only negative is that next to the Church is building a huge building, which will be the new home of Government, which by its height and size, and for its architectural design, is quite out of place in this historic setting, but will assume that it is p art of the costs of progress.
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  • September 23, 2017
    Even not being able to take pictures, the church retains many old images as well as an impeccable architecture.
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  • February 5, 2017
    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!
  • January 21, 2017
    Impressive. However they should not let a busy street run right next to it
  • March 31, 2017
    The beautiful San Francisco, in the heart of La Paz. A must see cathedral...
  • May 24, 2017
    Beautiful and peaceful church.
  • June 26, 2016
    Nice place to see here at night. Beautiful iglesia

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