Cities of Bolivia: La Paz
La Paz is the political and commercial center of Bolivia, the location of government agencies and the most high-mountain capital of the world – the city center lies at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level, the Aranhuese district – 3300 m, and El Alto International Airport – 4082 m.
The city was founded on October 20, 1548 under the name of La Suidad de Noustore-Senora de la Paz on the site of the modern area of Laha, on the road to Tiauanac. Shortly after the founding of La Paz was moved to its modern location, in the Valley of Chukiago-Mark.
La Pasa’s sights
The colorful streets of the colonial city center still retain a rigorous plan from straight streets paved by a blocking in accordance with Spanish traditions. Its center is Murillo Square, on which the presidential palace is located (also known as Palacio-Cedo – "Burned palace", 1850 g), the Parliament Building and the Palace of Leisure.
A variety of colonial mansions can be found around the square and nearby area of Calheng, in the parts of which numerous museums are now placed. Outside the central district, no less numerous colonial buildings are in a rather depressing condition, their crumpled facades and dilapidated balconies are embroidered with telephone and electrical cables, and the finish clearly knew the best times. It is worth visiting the Museum of Arts, Cathedral (1835 g) on Murillio Square, Church of Santo Domingo (1726 g), Casa de Pedro-Domingo-Murillo building with a small museum of furniture, textiles and decorative art of colonial times, walking street Cal- Khan, Diesse de Medina Palaces (1775) and Villaver (XVIII century), Cafe Club de La Paz, Church of San Pedro (1790 g) and numerous "Peña" – Folk Nightclubs, an extremely popular place of rest of the local residents.
In the North End of Prado Boulevard lies San Francisco Square – the gate to the ethnic areas of the city, inhabited mainly by Indians-Aimar. Climbing up the slopes of the valley "Partarokes de Indios" ("Indian quarters") neatly separated from the Spanish part of the city, but are saturated with churches and colorful markets constituting the main value of this area. Narrow, blown streets, climbing on the slopes under incredibly steep angles, the streets of Western districts are filled with alive markets that make them one of the most vibrant and distinctive parts of the city. Mercado de Evaceria Market, no doubt, one of the most extraordinary landmarks of La Pas. On the square itself, the Majestic Cathedral of Iglesia de San Francisco (1549 g) is minted, and the colorful Mercado de Bruhas will spread over him ("Witch market") where you can buy various "Magic" amulets and good silver products.
South of San Francisco Square, the scared by the trees Boulevard Prado passes through a peaceful suburb of San Pedro with his famous prison (the most high-mountainous in the world) and continues in rich (by local standards, of course) suburb of sopokachi, in which the National Museum of Archeology is located, and Also the best restaurants and nightclubs of the city.
There are many interesting museums in the city. The most interesting museum of Kostumbris-Juan de Vargas with a collection of ceramic dolls in traditional costumes of the XVIII century, the National Museum of Archeology with the Assembly of Tiaanac Cultural Exhibits, Musdeo del Litolarl or the Primorsky Museum (the historical collection of the war of 1879, in which Bolivia lost its Sea coast), Moseo-del-Oro (numerous items of the Precious Epoch of precious metals), the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore with the exhibition on the customs and art of the ethnic groups of Chipias and Aioros, dedicated to the Museum-Cerango Museum of the Museum of the Museo-de-Charango, Museum of Natural History With an extensive exposition dedicated to paleontology, geology and biology of the country, Museum of Casa-Miseo-Marina-Nucose del Prado, dedicated to the culture and traditions of the tribes of Kechua and Aimar with the works of the artist Marina Nucose del Prado, an excellent Museum of National Art in the Palace Building Count Aran (1775 g) and Mose-de-Metes-Presiosos-pretabino, which has a riv The collection of silver, gold and copper works of the pre-Molumba cultures of America.
You can also see the University of San Andres, Pedagogical Institute, National Conservatory, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of History, Geophysical Institute, Library of the Department of Culture and Municipal Library and Municipal Theater.
Around La Pas
The territory around La Pas is known as "Little Bolivia", Because the diversity of local landscapes is quite enough for a whole country. Just 10 km from the city spread out the famous Valle de la Moon ("Moon valley"), which is a maze of rock turrets, miniature canyons and picturesque rocks. No less interesting Valley of the Zonon (50 km west of La Paz) with blue lakes, ice caves and picturesque peak of Wine Power, Volcanoes Ilimani (6460 m) and Muratt, Glacier of Serro Zorra, Vallea Dé La Animas ("Valley of Spirit"), as well as the ruins of one of the most mysterious Andyky cities – Tiuanac (Bolivians pronounce "Tivanaca") With the famous gates of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapan, "Standing stone" Kalasasayya and megalithic masonry, also located near the city, on the south coast of Lake Titicaca. And, of course, the pearl of the Andes – Lake Titicaca, lying in 70 km west of La Pas.
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