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  Colonial Cities
 


Some of the best examples of Bolivia's colonial architecture can be found in Sucre and Potosi. Such splendour is the result of the early colonial silver mines of Cerro Rico in Potosi.

Sucre The constitutional capital of Bolivia, also known as the town of four names, was once the most important city in the Americas. In 1992 Unesco declared the city "Cultural Heritage of Mankind" because of its great legacy of colonial architecture. Among the main buildings are the cathedral, the church and the cloister of la Recoleta and San Felipe and Guadalupe churches.

Potosi This is another marvel of colonial architecture and also one of the highest cities in the world (3,997 m). Thanks to the silver extracted from the silver mine of Cerro Rico during the 16 and 17th centuries, Potosi become the wealthiest city in the Americas. At one time, the mine produced more than 50% of the silver collected by Spain from its colonies. This city is also a designated "Cultural Heritage of Mankind".

 

 

 


     
     
 
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