La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, even the
simplest and daily facts are queerly wrapped by a special atmosphere.
It is for that reason that to feed the pigeons of the Murillo
square -the most important in the city-, to walk by El Prado or
just to look around among the unlikely knick-knacks of the handmade
market of Las Brujas, become unforgettable events for the traveler.
visiting La Paz, you should visit the following
Sensations get intense when traveling by the intricate stone formations
of the Moon valley or the fabulous archaeological remains that
evidence the greatness of the men of Tiahuanaco, masters of the
highland in the pre-incas time.
Murillo Square: Dedicated
to Don Pedro Domingo
Murillo who headed the revolution of 1809, in which the scream
for freedom of the citizens of La Paz, that were
already fed up with the Spanish domain, was heard. In the center
of the square a monument that immortalizes the martyr has been
built. In the surroundings, there they are: the Presidential Palace,
the headquarters of the Congress of the Republic and the Cathedral.
Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de La Paz: of neoclassicist
style; it was built in 1831. In the interior, the columns that
sustain the building are of Corinthian style. The planes of the
temple -which facade is divided in two bodies- were designed by
and Convent of San Francisco: Its centennial history
is marked by tragic events that, in spite of its fateful consequences,
could never dent its impressive beauty. The first construction
of this temple of Baroque style goes back to the middle of the
16th century; but, in the 18th century, San Francisco had to be
reconstructed, as the inclemencies of the climate caused it serious
of Santo Domingo: The facade of Baroque style was worked
entirely in stone in the 18th century; on the other hand, the
interior -built in the 19th century- is remarkable for its neoclassical
of Witches: Everything it is needed for the
elaboration of traditional remedies, capable to cure any ailment
or illness, is offered in the very old streets of Sagárnaga
and Linares, in the colonial area of La Paz. Here handmade products
of great quality are also offered.
In La Paz, you will be able to visit the Museum of Art in the
Palace of the Counts of Arana, where a remarkable collection of
colonial paintings is exhibited; the Museum of Ethnography and
Folclore, in the House of the Marquis of Villa Verde, in which
pieces of crafts, musical instruments and traditional gears of
Bolivia can be appreciated; Museum House of Murillo, in honor
of the initiator of the revolution of 1809 and the Museum of Pre-Colombinan
Precious Metals, with valuable samples of art of the first inhabitants
of the highland.