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Basilica of the Virgin of Candelaria

The Basilica of the Virgin of Candelaria in Copacabana, Bolivia, is an emblematic work that crowns the evangelizing work of the Franciscans in the country. Built in the Moorish style between 1550 and 1679, it houses the iconic sculpture of the “Virgen de la Candelaria or Virgen Morena”, carved by the indigenous artist Francisco Tito Yupanqui in 1580. In addition to its imposing beauty, the basilica stands out for the preservation of the historic open chapel, used for open-air ceremonies due to the large number of believers and the indigenous tradition.

Under the Franciscan administration, significant improvements were made to the basilica, including the construction of the Camarín de la Virgen between 1910 and 1913. Over the years, various restorations and maintenance works have been carried out, culminating in the majestic structure we know today. The Basilica de la Candelaria de Copacabana is an important pilgrimage center for Bolivians, Peruvians and Catholics from all over the world who come in devotion to the Virgin of Copacabana.

  • Address

    Av 6 de agosto esq Murillo St, Copacabana (Bolivia)

  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 18:00; Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 to 19:00.
    Museum: Weekends from 08:30 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00
  • What to see
    Museum, Virgen Morena

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