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Iglesia de San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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“old church” (12 reviews)
Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very old rustic church, absolutely breathtaking on the inside well worth a visit. The day we visited it was decorated with hundreds of flowers!

Thank Leonieandneil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not catholic, but I can appreciate all the fantastic structures they have built and this one is impressive. Be warned, you are not supposed to take pictures inside . . . Oops! I didn’t see the sign until we were on our way out.

Thank lmari535
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We passed by on the Saturday but it was closed only the museum was open, we did pass by again on Sunday and we were able to catch a mass which was very touching The church itself was very pretty.

Thank ricardocP7497BA
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Watch for pickpockets, but it is an interesting structure to visit. Lots of people congregate in the general area.

Thank SBF2
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The outside is a reminder of Spanish colonialism and the architecture exquisite. It's not opulent like what I saw in Italy but it's massive and simple in structure. Inside it's a very much a daily practicing church where local devotees spend much time. Very very...More

Thank frequent1
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The church is not as impressive as its counterpart in Lima, but the tours provide great insights and take you up the bell tower. The guide we had spoke french, and was very knowledgeable. It is even amazing to see that there are still monks...More

Thank worldtravellerTom
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We went for the Sunday mass, goes on every hour 7:00 to 11:00 AM. Unfortunately the guides only works Monday to Saturday, we will like to know more about the history. Even with aren't in too a mass worth the visit to see the Spanish...More

Thank Andre O
Reviewed 13 August 2017

It's a toss up as to whether the cathedral of the San Francisco church is the more stunning highlight of La Paz. The SF church is more accessible in terms of opening times, but photography is completely forbidden inside. The architecture isn't as impressive as...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Visting the church after 1600 is free and one can take a leisurely look around the stunning interior bearing in mind that photographs are strictly prohibited. The craftsmanship and dedication that has created the carvings and facade are staggeringly good. To view the monastery and...More

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 25 June 2017

This is arguably the most famous Plaza in La Paz. It's nice, but not impressive when compared to many of the famous plazas of the world. I certainly would not go out of my way to visit this place. But if you're in La Paz...More

Thank Alex C
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