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Iglesia de San Francisco

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Considered one of the finest examples of Spanish-colonial architecture in South America, the carved facade of the 1549 Church of San Francisco is adorned with birds of prey, ghoulish masks, pinecones, and parrots—a combination of Spanish and Indian motifs created by local artisans who borrowed heavily from the style then popular in Spain. Crafts stalls line the church wall; most days you'll find colorful weavings and handmade musical instruments. Climb the narrow stairs

to the roof for great views of downtown La Paz, or stay grounded in the café inside the church.

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El Prado at Calle Sagárnaga, La Paz, Bolivia

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