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Convent of San Antonio

The San Antonio Convent in Potosi, founded in 1547 by Fray Gaspar de Valverde, is an important historical and cultural site in Bolivia. This first church in Potosí, in baroque style, houses the Cristo de la Vera Cruz, the oldest image in the country, and has crypts that show the austerity of the colonial era. Its influence was vital in the history of the Villa, attracting people from different social strata in search of spiritual peace.

Converted into a Missionary College of Propaganda Fide in the 19th century, the convent extended its action to extensive geographical areas, dedicating itself to helping the underprivileged natives. In the 20th century, it stood out for its work in favor of the poor, education and the cultural formation of adults. In addition, its museum exhibits valuable paintings, but the viewpoint on the roofs of the convent is the most popular attraction, offering impressive views of its domes and the original roof.

  • Address
    Tarija Street s/n on the corner of Nogales Street, Potosí, Bolivia
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Open to the public from Monday to Saturday. Admission is in groups: the first at 8:00, the second at 9:00 and the third at 10:00. In the afternoon (only from Monday to Friday). Admission in groups: the first at 14:00, the second at 15:00 and the third at 16:00.
  • What to see
    Ancient Cross, crypt, roof

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