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Iglesia de San Francisco
Iglesia de San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco

Entrada gratuita
Lunes a sábado de 4 a 6 p.m.
Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, Sagarnaga, La Paz, Bolivia

Informacion practica

La Iglesia de San Francisco está abierta de lunes a sábado de 4 a 6 p.m. Recuerde que La Paz está a 3500 metros sobre el nivel del mar, por lo que es importante tener a mano medicamentos para el mal de altura y controlar el ritmo. Beba muchos líquidos y evite fumar y el alcohol, que pueden empeorar el mal de altura. Un remedio local para el mal de altura es el mate de coca, un té de hierbas elaborado con una infusión de hojas de coca que los lugareños juran.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Francisco Church is ideal for history buffs and art and architecture enthusiasts.
  • A small entrance fee to the museum includes a guided tour and access to the rooftop for an incredible view of the city.
  • Only a few guides can speak English.
  • Taking photographs and videos is not allowed inside.
  • Be careful of pickpockets as the plaza outside is often crowded.
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How to Get There

San Francisco Church is located in Plaza San Francisco in the center of La Paz. This historic church is an easy walking distance from many of the important landmarks of the city including Plaza Murillo, Sagarnaga Street, Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo de Coca, and Witches’ Market.

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When to Get There

San Francisco Church is open daily with masses on Sunday mornings. La Paz has a temperate springlike climate year-round, with cooler temperatures from November through March. If you can, time a visit in May/June to experience the Festival of the Great Power (Fiesta del Gran Poder), featuring a colorful parade of brass bands and dancers.

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Bolivia’s Trio of Cultures

Like many South American churches, San Francisco combines Catholic and indigenous art and symbolism. Distinctive here, however, are the facade’s modern stone columns with carvings that represent and honor the three cultures significant to Bolivia's history:xa0 the ancient Tiwanaku of Western Bolivia, the powerful Inca Empire that included Western and South Central Bolivia, and the modern faithful of the Catholic Church.

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