Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz, La Paz

Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz, La Paz

The Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz is a prominent cathedral and minor basilica located in Murillo Square. The cathedral was built in 1835 and features a Neoclassical architectural style with Baroque elements. Its impressive interior consists of five naves, each adorned with distinct layers of ornamental details.

The history of the cathedral dates back to the completion of the first cathedral in La Paz in 1692. This initial structure was constructed over a span of 70 years using stone, lime, and brick. However, due to structural issues, including the collapse of its presbytery and the presence of significant cracks threatening its stability, the decision was made to demolish it in 1831.

The construction of the current cathedral began on March 24, 1835, and it was inaugurated in 1925, commemorating the first centenary of the founding of the Republic of Bolivia. While the cathedral opened to the public in 1925, the interior ornamentation and finishing touches continued until 1932.

A significant event in the history of the cathedral occurred in 1989, when its two lateral towers were inaugurated. This milestone coincided with the visit of Pope John Paul II to La Paz, further adding to the cathedral's historical and religious significance.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz stands as a prominent landmark in the city, symbolizing the rich religious heritage and architectural beauty of Bolivia. With its neoclassical design and intricate interior details, the cathedral continues to attract visitors and serves as a place of worship and cultural importance for the local community.

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Sight Name: Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz
Sight Location: La Paz, Bolivia (See walking tours in La Paz)
Sight Type: Religious
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