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San Francisco church, La Paz, Bolivia

Rem Sapozhnikov (February 2008)
 

San Francisco church
The Franciscans thought to be the first to come to the Chuquiago valley. Even before the founder of La Paz Alonzo de Mendoza (in 1548) finally reached this place, the Franciscans already managed to settle down. Generous Cacique (chief) of Quirquincha gave them the land for construction of the monastery that till now remains the main attraction of La Paz. Francisco de los Angeles Morales is named as the founder of the monastery.
San Francisco church

Model of the San Francisco monastery Model, showing planning of the San Francisco monastery at our times.

San Francisco church San Francisco church San Francisco church at night

San Francisco church facade details San Francisco church facade details
San Francisco church facade details. The facade was rebuilt in 1961-65.
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The San Francisco square
San Francisco church
The San Francisco square is situated in the busiest place of La Paz. Bus and taxi stops, souvenir street Sagarnaga, inexpensive snack-bars, hundreds of little shops, - all this creates a thick whirl of people, watching which is quite interesting. What a variety of faces, dresses, gestures, social position! In this mess one can easily identify the unemployed: the issue of employment in Bolivia is still very painful.


People at the San Francisco square:

People at the San Francisco square People at the San Francisco square People at the San Francisco square People at the San Francisco square People at the San Francisco square


Inside the San Francisco church Inside the San Francisco church Inside the San Francisco church.



Inside the San Francisco church Saints in the altar Virgen de la Asuncion Right gallery of the church and saints from its altar.

San Pascual Bailon, Virgen de la Asuncion, Santa Clara de Asis

Santa Margarita de Cordoba, San Francisco, Santa Isabel de Hungria.


Besides visiting the church (free, of course) you may buy a ticket and see the monastery and then go up on its roof.

For some reasons they gave me a student ticket and without indication of price at that.

Yard of the old (Small) part of the monastery.

This narrow stone staircase leads to the roof of the church This narrow stone staircase leads to the roof of the church.
On the roof of San Francisco church On the roof of San Francisco church Cross of San Francisco church On the roof.


Bells of the San Francisco church. Bells of the San Francisco church. Bells of the San Francisco church.

The bell tower was built in 1885 for donations of a certain married couple.




Cosy garden of the Franciscans Cosy garden of the Franciscans Cosy garden of the Franciscans in the new (Big) part of the monastery.


View to the San Francisco square from the church roof:

San Francisco square from the church roof San Francisco square from the church roof San Francisco square from the church roof San Francisco square from the church roof


Tourists Tourist police - Policia turistica Tourists and tourist police - Policia turistica.


Ice-cream seller Ice-cream seller.


The monument to the national hero marshal Andres de Santa Cruz y Calahumana at the Plaza de los Heroes not far from the San Francisco cathedral. Pasarela Perez - Comercio Pedestrian bridge Pasarela Perez Comercio.

From November 11, 2007, the residents of La Paz can safely cross the Montes street, and also enjoy the view of the city with the San Francisco church in front.




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» La Paz (9)
» Paseo el Prado (35)
» Plaza Murillo (40)
» San Francisco church (43)
» The Tiwanaku museum (in La Paz) (24)
» Sagarnaga street (17)
» Calle Jaen (15)
» Abaroa square and train tickets (10)
» Hotels of La Paz (16)
» Map of La Paz



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