Tourist Attractions

Cathedral and Plaza Murillo, La Paz

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Cathedral and Plaza Murillo
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Bolivia tourist attractions - Cathedral and Plaza Murillo

Plaza Murillo is located in the center of La Paz city, it holds the Presidential Palace also known as Palacio Quemado(burned palace), due the number of times it was burned, opposite, stands a statue of President Gualberto Villarroel. In 1946, he was dragged from the palace by vigilantes and hanged from a lamp post in the square. Interestingly enough, Don Pedro Domingo Murillo, for whom the plaza was named, met a similar fate here in 1810

A relatively recent addition to La Paz's collection of religious structures, the 1835 cathedral is an impressive structure. It is built on a steep hillside and the main entrance is 12m higher than its base on Calle Potosi.The cathedral's sheer immensity, with its high dome, hulking columns, thick stone walls and high ceilings, is overpowering.

Inside, the main attraction is the profusion of stained-glass work; the windows behind the altar depict a gathering of Bolivian politicos being blessed from above by a flock of heavenly admirers.

Plaza Murillo is the historical center of La Paz. You can visit it on foot while sightseeing.