Sagarnaga Street, La Paz

Sagarnaga Street, La Paz (must see)

Sagarnaga Street is named in honor of Juan Bautista Sagárnaga, a hero of the Revolution of La Paz. It was designed as part of the city's first urban layout with European characteristics, following its founding. The street is situated in the most established part of the city, characterized by a checkerboard pattern, typical of Spanish-planned cities in the New World.

Originally, Sagarnaga Street was home to several tambos, including the Harinas tambo, where the image of the Virgen de Remedios was housed before being transferred to a church.

The street is surrounded by numerous heritage buildings, many of which have been declared National Monuments. These include the Basilica of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum Cultural Center, the Republic Gallery Building, the Kautsch Hardware Building, and various other buildings stretching from Mariscal Santa Cruz Avenue to Illampu Avenue.

Due to its high pedestrian and vehicular traffic, regular maintenance work is conducted on Sagarnaga Street. In 2011, the most recent maintenance project was carried out, which involved expanding pedestrian areas to accommodate the increasing flow of pedestrians.

In 2013, a remodeling project was undertaken, giving the street its current appearance. The renovation incorporated a combination of cobblestone and concrete flooring, along with the installation of a central channel for effective water drainage. This design improvement ensures the safety of pedestrians in the area during rainfall.

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Sagarnaga Street on Map

Sight Name: Sagarnaga Street
Sight Location: La Paz, Bolivia (See walking tours in La Paz)
Sight Type: Shopping
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