Southern Bolivia Sights

Casa Real de Moneda

  • Ayacucho at Lanza Map It
  • Potosí
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 02/09/2016

Fodor's Review

The showpiece of Potosí is the Royal Mint, built in 1773 at a cost of $10 million USD. This massive stone structure, where coins were once minted with silver from nearby Cerro Rico, takes up an entire city block. It now holds Bolivia's largest and most important museum. On display are huge wooden presses that fashioned the strips of silver from which the coins were pressed, as well as an extensive collection of the coins minted here until 1953. There's also an exhibit of paintings, including works by Bolivia's celebrated 20th-century artist, Cecilio Guzmán de Rojas. A guard accompanies all tours to unlock each room as it's visited. The building is cool, so bring along a sweater. To see everything will take about three hours. There is an extra charge for photography or video.

Sight Information

Address:

Ayacucho at Lanza, Potosí, Potosí, Bolivia

Map It

Phone:

04-622–3986

Sight Details:

  • (Bs)40
  • Tues.–Sat. 9–12:30 and 2:30–6:30, Sun. 9–12

Published 02/09/2016

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