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Museo de la Recoleta, Sucre

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Visit Museo de la Recoleta for insight into the colonial era in Bolivia. Housed in a convent founded in 1601, the museum and its site boast a rich history, having also served as a barracks and prison in the past. Take a guided tour and see the church, museum, and gardens. When in the church, look for the choir's wooden carvings dating back to the 1870s. From the square opposite the church, take in views of the city of Sucre down the mountain. Don't miss the 1,500-year-old cedar tree in the garden, one of the only survivors from the area's once plentiful cedar forests. Add Museo de la Recoleta to your Sucre travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sucre vacation generator.
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  • Right in the heart of Recoleta, directly on the plaza, this museum is only BS15 to enter, but you will have to wait for a tour guide, who alas, only speaks Spanish. The tour takes in the surprisingly ...  more »
  • Interesting little place. Fun to go to if you have the time but not a 'must see/must do' thing in Sucre. Had my own private tour but in Spanish. Felt a little rushed but lots of information. Like the ...  more »
  • very interesting, many works of value by seniority and history of the country, I recommend a visit, be sure to know the Cedar in the back of the Museum.
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  • It preserves objects of religious, artistic and traditional.
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  • Very good!!!
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  • Very nice and great stories of the convent
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  • The Museo de la Recoleta is named after the traditional area "Recoleta" where is located, was created and organized by Father David Perez and bears the name of the priest Leonardo Ibáñez and the collaboration of some religious of the order of the Franciscans who guard the Museum. It is located in the convent of the same name and exhibits in twelve exhibition halls, works of art from the 16th, 17TH, and 18th, mostly from anonymous authors, are distinguished mainly Quito, Cuzco and high schools peruana. The convent also contains a tree of ancient cedar, declared a national monument and considered a totem in pre-Hispanic times. In one of its cloisters is the library Fray Mamerto Esquiú, repository of one of the oldest collections of antique books.
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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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