The Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo is the full name of the cathedral of the constitutional capital of Bolivia. It was built by Fray Diego de Porres during the times of the Spanish Viceroy Toledo. It was rebuilt in 1770 by Bishop Ramon de Grassy, and during the time of Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz (1838), the old church was replaced by a new eclectic style church. This new church was designed by French architect Philippe Bestres. In the cathedral the most important things are its wooden vaults and the painted decoration over them.
The Cristo de la Concordia is the largest sculpture representing Christ in the world. It even surpasses Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. It was sculpted by Cesar Terrazas Pardo. This colossal two thousand ton statue is located on the so-called Cerro de San Pedro, which is accessible by stairs or by cable car. The top offers a beautiful view of the valley of Cochabamba.
The Fuerte de Samaipata is an archaeological site, located 3 kilometers from Samaipata, situated at an altitude of 1,950 meters above sea level. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, and is believed to be the work of the Guarani culture. It is popularly called "The Fort", as it is on the top of a hill. Apparently it was a ceremonial centre, and its position also allowed it to have an astronomical use. After the Guarani times the site was occupied by the Incas, at the time of their maximum expansion. El Fuerte de Samaipata is divided into two sections, the first consisting of a sculptured rock 250 meters long and 60 meters wide with an area of1.2 hectares, making it the largest petroglyph in the world, situated on a hill at 1,950 meters above sea level . The second section consists of an administrative and residential area, located to the south of the big carved rock.
Potosi spans the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes, at an altitude of 4000 meters, and is, along with the city of Lhasa in Tibet, the highest city in the world. The main square is 4067 meters. I do not suffer from altitude sickness, but the day I arrived in Potosi the sky was filled and threatening rain. I walked the best I could, with the feeling that I could not breathe, and my head was starting to give me warning signs. The Museum of the coin, maybe the most impressive building of Potosi was closed on Monday and I did not have time to visit the mines, because I had a bus to Uyuni at 6 pm, so I went for a coffee, and the decision was good, and suddenly the heavens opened and unloaded a brutal amount of water coming down the steep streets of Potosi as a torrent.
Eustaquio Mendez is a cultural heritage house in San Lorenzo. He was an urban guerrilla who fought in the battle of the slaughterhouse. The square is home to a his statue. Before the house was like a museum, but was purchased and turned into a very nice restaurant without moving anything of Eustaquio Mendez thanks to the mayor of San Lorenzo. Mendez's land becomes more beautiful each year, where you can enjoy delicious doughnuts, empanadas, dumplings with cheese and onions, and of course, the delicious "alojas". San Lorenzo is also known as the land of Easter flowers, which is a festival where both devotees and locals celebrate Passover by dancing and enjoying the delicious food offered. It has its Antones that form part of the tourist center of the province. It's very attractive because you can see rivers with clear water and good vegetation. Well this is some of what SAN LORENZO is. For more information email me at lore_666_cz@hotmail.Com I put up the photos and videos of the most beautiful places.
Santa Ana was the last mission built in Chiquitanía, founded in 1755, just 12 years before the expulsion of the Jesuits. When they left, the church was completed by the indigenous population. It therefore has a country look, sober, and small, surrounded by simple houses. It was renovated in the 90s and the church retains its original appearance. In the part of the church for the choir there is still an organ from the Jesuit period, which was restored in 2000.
The Concepción Mission was founded between 1708-1709 by Spanish Jesuit Father, P. Lucas Caballero. The mission had two managers. One was in charge of religion and music. Another was in charge of the organization of work. This is one of the most beautiful temples in the region, fully restored in the late 80s. It's style is Baroque. Inside you can see the extraordinary carved wood made by artisans from the community, and work in gold leaf.
In the first block of Bridge Blanco Galindo Avenue, you'll find this fountain, designed by an architect who wanted to give visitors a taste of some elegant river waters. His work perhaps doesn't quite live up to his expectations; what you see is a monument of stones that seem to be scattered almost at random, over which flows a small stream of water. It's close to one of the busiest streets in the city, so it's not the most peaceful place to see.
This tribute to the feminist movement was created on the 27th of May, 1812, in honour of Manuela Gandarillas, an old blind woman who led a group of other brave women, young and old, into battle, for lack of men. These women armed themselves and fought for independence, in one of the bloodiest battles in the history of Bolivia. From the hill, we have a good view of the city.
La Casona Santivez is an eclectic mix of different styles, due to its constant evolution through various owners over the years. This large house has always been important, in both the colonial and republican periods, and was most recently renovated in October and November 2006.
The Inca staircase was built by the Incas in the Sun Island, an island on Lake Titicaca accessible by ferry from Copacabana. These stairs also lead to the ferry. The steps are a bit stiff, but I liked the view of the lake there.
A greenhouse located on the hill ... you can walk there, especially if you don't feel like paying for a guided tour of the mining areas. This place was created to try to curb problems with tourists, who want to visit the mines without paying for a proper tour, and contribute to the black market economy. Be careful if you plan on doing this: the miners are not qualified guides, and things can get dangerous.
The obelisk of Potos is a huge pillar that stands majestically in the centre of the city. At the base, a sign announces that Potos wants to be the world capital of human dignity. A statue of a dove at the foot of a warrior woman, guardian of justice, can be seen here, too, and a plaque dedicated to peace.