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La Paz Sights

Palacio de Gobierno

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 04/02/2015

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The imposing Presidential Palace was guarded by tanks and machine gun-toting soldiers until 1982, when the constitutional government was restored following a 1979 coup and three years of military rule. Presidential guards now watch the front door instead. In front of the palace is a statue of former president Gualberto Villarroel. In 1946 a mob stormed the building and dragged Villarroel to the square, where he was hanged from a lamppost. The structure, which is closed to the public, is also known as Palacio Quemado (Burned Palace), because it has twice been gutted by fire.

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Plaza Murillo, La Paz, Bolivia

Updated 04/02/2015


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