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Church-Basilica of Saint Francis

The Basilica of San Francisco, built in baroque style, is a historical symbol of great importance in Bolivia. Founded in 1539, this temple witnessed the Liberation Cry of May 25, 1809, marking the beginning of the struggle for Latin American independence in the nineteenth century. Throughout its history, it has experienced various uses, from being expropriated by President Antonio José de Sucre in 1825 to its restoration in 1946. Despite the changes, the basilica has maintained its spiritual significance as a place of Catholic worship and has been recognized with the title of Minor Basilica in 1999.

The sober but imposing architecture of the Basilica of San Francisco reflects the influence of Latin American colonial architecture. Although its exterior walls are minimally decorated, the lavish 18th century altarpieces inside stand out for their baroque ornamentation. Its asymmetrical structure and two distinctive towers add to its uniqueness. In addition to its historical importance as the scene of revolutionary events, the basilica remains a place of pilgrimage and worship for the Catholic faithful, keeping its spiritual relevance alive over the centuries.

  • Address
    Ravelo Street corner Aniceto Arce, Sucre, Bolivia
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00
  • What to see
    Museum, baroque church

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