the streets of Sucre is an authentic pleasure
that allows to discover the architectural wealth of a city that,
not in vain, is called Monument of America. Colonial and republican
mansions, simply welcoming squares, churches that renovate the
faith and museums that allow to decipher the history, are some
of the attractions that will seduce the traveler.
But that is
not everything, in the surroundings of the city one can discover
fascinating places, like the paleontological area where prints
of dinosaurs have survived to the pass of the years or the picturesque
town of Tarabuco, loyal to its cultural and religious traditions.
around the "white city" of Sucre, should include the
House of the Freedom: considered as the most important historical
monument of the country, because here the events that summed up
the independence of Bolivia took place here.
It was built
in 1621 and was part of the convent of the Jesuit. The Universidad
Mayor, Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca
was founded in 1624 and many of the most important Bolivians who
participated in the independence movement were formed there; also,
the members of the Deliberating Assembly who proclaimed the independence
met in the old great classroom of the university. It is located
in the Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Metropolitan cathedral: the construction of this beautiful church
began in 1559 and was not totally finished until 250 years later.
Its architecture, presents Renaissance, Baroque and also "Mestizo
Baroque" features. Specially remarkable are the mayor altar
and the dome crowned by the cross of Carabuco that comes from
a population close to the lake Titicaca.
Next to the
mayor altar, you can appreciate the choir of canons, that highlights
for its plateresque style; also, of great importance are the six
oil paintings of Montufar, that represent the martyrdom of the
apostles. The cathedral is located in the Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Chapel of the Virgen de Guadalupe: This temple keeps the image
of the most loved virgin of Sucre, that was painted by Fray Diego
de Ocaña in 1601. Covered with jewels -a good example of
the faith of the people of this town- the Virgen de Guadalupe
has received the homage of the most outstanding Bolivian citizens.
built in 1617 by order of Fray Gerónimo Méndez de
la Piedra, is next to the Cathedral.
of San Francisco: considered as a historical monument,
because in this church they keep the called "bell of the
freedom", used to call the people when in May 25th, 1809,
the first scream of freedom of the Spanish America was heard.
Barbara: unique church of Renaissance style in Bolivia.
Its interior structure, of neo-Gothic style, dates from the
year 1887. It is located in the Plazuela Libertad in the Destacamento
of La Recoleta: it keeps several colonial and republican
paintings; besides sculptures, crafts in gold, a numismatic collection
and archaeological remains.