Church of San Felipe Neri (Oratorio de San Felipe de Neri), Sucre

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the old town from the rooftop terrace of Church of San Felipe Neri (Oratorio de San Felipe de Neri), one of the city's most significant neoclassical structures. Built at end of the 18th century, the cloister and the church today host a private school for girls. As you approach, you'll notice the exterior's white walls and sturdy simple columns, while inside the classrooms you may feel like you've taken a step back into the 1950s. Ask the students to give you a guided tour of the place in English. Many notable figures, including presidents and archbishops, rest in the crypt under the cloister. To enter the church you'll have to find a door a few feet away from the building. Once inside, do not miss the four sculptures of angels. Use our Sucre vacation builder to visit Church of San Felipe Neri (Oratorio de San Felipe de Neri) on your trip to Sucre, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Delightful place to visit. Your first view of the cloisters is quite spectacular. You can get into the church at ground level. Also, have a look into the school classrooms. The views from the roof are...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I visited here after reading about this place on TripAdvisor. As previous have written, stunning views and gorgeous architecture. When we arrived in this city we were on an extremely...  more »
  • We came here by recommendation of our Spanish teacher and weren't disappointed. For 15bs you get a fantastic view of the city and get to meander through the halls of this beautiful building. Great pho...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful construction, was a convent now it's works in quality of school MarĂ­a Auxiliadora, is one of the last only for girls 👭
  • A beautiful museum and nice view at the roof top!
  • Iconic Temple denoting the quality and beauty of colonial architecture. The attraction lies in the beautiful ceramic roofs from where you can appreciate a good part of the city of four names. It is a must-see for visitors and tourists.
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  • Not to be missed. Must go to school next door and press the doorbell. 15 bolovianos per person.
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  • It is a pity that it is not clear where you should go up to the lookout. You should go to the College of nuns that is half-block access to the mirador, and this between 3 and 6 pm. It would be desirable for them to put some sort of notice on the door of the temple to direct visitors.
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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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