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Sucre: Dream Capital

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A February 2007 trip to Sucre by SeenThat

Metropolitan Cathedral Photo, Sucre, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Sparkling white structures, Spaniard styled churches, and a beautiful central plaza effortlessly transfer the visitor to Sucre into colonial times.

Plaza 25 de Mayo

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Attraction | "The Country’s Central Plaza"

Metropolitan Cathedral Photo, Sucre, Bolivia
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The most distinctive feature of Spaniard colonial towns is the central plaza, which serves them as an administrative and cultural centre. Standing at the plaza's centre, a glance is enough to identify the importance of the town and if there is something special in it. Even without knowing Bolivian history, it is easy to see that Sucre's plaza is unique, that something special happened here. IndependenceDespite the town's tiny size, its main plaza is huge. The cathedral by its side is monumental. The administrative centers - belonging to the town and the province - have national proportions. Moreover, by the end of this quick glance, the eyes stop at a h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2009

Mercado Central

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Attraction | "On Passion Fruit, Salty Cheese and Round Bread"

Basilica de San Francisco Photo, Sucre, Bolivia
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Local markets are always a good place to meet the local culture and people. While traveling, they provide a fascinating opportunity to examine differences among cities. For example, moving south through the Andean Plateau from La Paz down to Oruro, Sucre and Potosi would result in finding substantially smaller breads in the mark...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 12, 2009

La Catedral Metropolitana de Sucre

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Attraction | "Magical Altitude Light"

Metropolitan Cathedral Photo, Sucre, Bolivia
Quote:
The Cathedral of Sucre was constructed between 1559 and 1712, an amazing span of time which crosses three centuries, on one of the corners of the Plaza 25 de Mayo, the town's central square. In the era of instant buildings popping out on modern cities outskirts everyday it is hard to comprehend such a time-span. A result of such a prolonged construction-time was the use of several styles in the edifice, from Renaissance to Baroque with Mestizo influences.OutsideIt is by far the most imposing and interesting structure next to the central plaza; the cathedral and its museum are well worth to the hurried visitor a couple of hours. The wonder begins at the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2009

Sucre: Dream Capital

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Overview

Colonial Street Photo, Sucre, Bolivia
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The White City – as it is known in Bolivia - was founded in 1538 as La Plata (The Silver); the city was the capital of the Charcas, an extensive territory stretching from the Rio de la Plata to Peru. In 1776, the Spaniards created new administrative divisions and the city name was changed to Chuquisaca. On 6 of August 1825 the Bolivian independence was declared here and its name was changed again to Sucre, honouring in such a way a general involved in the independence process. Its wide...Read More

Basilica de San Francisco

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Attraction

Basilica de San Francisco Photo, Sucre, Bolivia
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Few buildings define Sucre’s centre better than the San Francisco Basilica. Not being neither on the central plaza nor the only colonial church in town, that is a somewhat strange statement. However, the structure includes a wonderful bridge of arches over the adjacent street, which gives the place – and the whole town - its special look. For once the colonial architects got it right and instead of constructing more of the same decided to give a special character to the town.Sometimes the need of so many churches in those tiny colonial settlements looks unclear to the uninitiated. A cathedral is always by the central plaza, a basilica is a few blocks away and many churches are between and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

Basilica de San Francisco
Capitán Ravelo and Aniceto Arce
Sucre

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