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SUCRE - BOLIVIA
Walking by 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.
Your trips around the "white city" of Sucre, should include the following places:
In the city:
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.
The chapel, built in 1617 by order of Fray Gerónimo Méndez de la Piedra, is next to the Cathedral.
Church 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.
Santa 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 street.
of La Recoleta: it keeps several colonial and republican
paintings; besides sculptures, crafts in gold, a numismatic collection
and archaeological remains.
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