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Minor Basilica of San Francisco

The Basilica Menor de San Francisco in La Paz, built between the 16th and 18th centuries in mestizo baroque style, is an architectural treasure that reflects centuries of history and culture in every detail. Erected over a pre-Inca ceremonial site, its construction involved indigenous hands, creating a remarkable example of the fusion between baroque style and pre-Columbian elements, such as masks and motifs of tropical flora and fauna. This magnificent building, made entirely of stone, stands as one of the most significant heritage of the city, enclosing in its walls the traces of its past and the very essence of the Paceña identity. Considered the cradle of the city, the Basilica of San Francisco was the epicenter of the revolution of 1809, a crucial milestone in Bolivian history that marked the beginning of the independence process.

Today, the Basilica of San Francisco is not only a place of worship, but also an important cultural center that houses the Centro Cultural Museo San Francisco. Here, visitors have the opportunity to explore the different spaces of the convent and the basilica, immersing themselves in the rich history and traditions that have shaped the region. The museum tour offers a unique window through which to appreciate the architectural magnificence of the site, as well as an impressive collection of paintings, hymn books, liturgical objects and vestments that narrate the religious and cultural history of Bolivia.

  • Address

    Sagarnaga St 173, La Paz (Bolivia)

  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., includes a bilingual Franciscan Tourist Host service, who provides a guided tour at any time.
  • What to see
    Cloister, liturgical artifacts, paintings

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