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Basilica de San Francisco, Sucre

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Church Tourist Spot
Head to Basilica de San Francisco, a highly storied church built in 1538, at the same time as the establishment of the city. Beginning as a makeshift structure, the church as it stands today was not fully built until 1581. Look for the nation's "liberty bell", which tolled in 1809 as Bolivia celebrated independence. Be aware that you will need a photography permit before you take any photos of the church, though this comes packaged with a tour guide. Put Basilica de San Francisco on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sucre trip itinerary maker.
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  • we visited the church and went to the rooftop too: the landscape is fantastic! you walk on the rooftop in a total quiet...it's fantastic!  more »
  • San Francisco Church was a big surprise for me. I recommend going. The ceiling is incredible impressive as is the crypt. There's also some other really cool things like the wooden carved pulpit on the...  more »
  • You are allowed to take photos in this lovely church. The altar just like in other Spanish Catholic Churches is very elaborate and quite beautiful. Ceiling is interesting as are the side naves.  more »
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  • Amazing.
  • The crypt of San Francisco. A great spot, hidden under the main altar. Admission only with permission and guide
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  • At this time this service
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  • Impressive temple. Unfortunate that it remains headquarters
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  • This convent originally had very humble features and had as main application, the evangelization of and catechizing children from 1539. A year later, the faithful are provided to build a church and casa cural. The Church had at its inception two cloisters of arches of brick on stone columns. Later, in 1581, concluded the new temple and convent grounds were expanded by donations from the faithful, occupying what is now the barracks, market and whatever custom and was also public prison. At the beginning the temple was a central nave, which was added later, a cruise, its chapels and a side nave. Inside stands the coffered ceiling of mudejar style. The beautifully carved and gilded altar. Another important feature of historic importance are the church towers, which are home to "The Liberty Bell" that carries the following inscription: "the conception Inmaculada de la Virgen Madre de Dios, patron saint of all the Spains and America, in this city of the silver G.R.E.L." Maestro. Migl. Maria this year 1800 ".
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Where to stay in Sucre

With building restrictions in place for decades, the city of Sucre has developed a little differently than most other cities on the continent. However, the touristic appeal of Sucre has driven up demand for accommodations--now slotted in old, colonial-era buildings rather than new-build high-rises. This development ethos has worked well, with lodgings in Sucre's center among the most comfortable and characterful in the country. Exclusive options cluster around the town's prettiest plazas, with grand rooms and fine-dining restaurants. Budget-minded visitors should explore the range of posadas (guesthouses), set in modest formerly residential buildings on the town's side streets.
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