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Sucre is the constitutional and historical capital of Bolivia. Today it houses the Supreme Court and other public bodies. Known as the "White City" by the color of its colonial buildings, it's possible to say that Sucre encloses much of the history of Bolivia's and South America independence.

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Its official name is “The Honorable and Heroic Sucre”, and the city retains many colonial buildings. Visitors enjoy walking through its streets, squares and visiting its museums.

Sucre has a population of approximately 300,000 inhabitants, and it's located in the south central part of the country, at an altitude of 2,800 meters over the sea level. It also offers a variety of cultural and gastronomic options.

Getting to Sucre

Sucre is at the center of Bolivia and it's communicated to major cities through buses. The bus station is 20 blocks from downtown Sucre.

Travel time by bus from Sucre to: La Paz, from 14 to 16 hours; Potosí, 3 hours; Cochabamba, 12 hours; Santa Cruz, 15 hours; Tarija, 15 hours.

The city of Sucre was known as Charcas, La Plata and Chuquisaca. Due to its mix of colonial and republican architecture buildings, Sucre was declared World Heritage Site by Unesco.

As Sucre is the cradle of Bolivia's independence, there are many museums and historic buildings accessible to visitors.

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Freedom House

Freedom House (Casa de la Libertad) is an old building dating from 1700. Built by the Jesuits, who ran a university that held as students to many of the main heroes of the South American independence revolution.

After the struggle for independence, Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre summoned the deputies of the Upper Peru provinces in the Mayor Hall of the ancient university. By decree, on February 9, 1825 they established the independence and founded the Bolivar Republic.

In that building ran the Congress of Bolivia until 1898, when the legislative branch moved to La Paz. The house was then transformed into a museum housing the history of the creation of Bolivia as a nation. Inside it stands the Independence Hall, which is the most commemorating places of Bolivia’s independence. Hours: Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm to 6 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Sucre Metropolitana Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Sucre)

Sucre Metropolitana Cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Bolivia. Its construction began in 1551 and was completed nearly a century later, after several reconstructions and enlargements. The temple has a mix of Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. In one section of the Cathedral operates one of the most important sacred art museums in Bolivia.

Convento de San Felipe Neri

San Felipe Neri Convent is one of Sucre’s most interesting religious works. Its construction began in 1795. The building is of colonial style, with tile roofs, towers and domes, bell towers and terraces. From its viewpoint you can get a beautiful views of the city.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm.

La Recoleta

Also known as the Monastery of Santa Ana de Montesino, was created by the Franciscans in 1601 on the slopes of Cerro Churuquella,. Its remarkable construction highlights the courtyards and gardens. In a square near the temple it's said to be the founding spot of the city of La Plata, now Sucre. There is also a museum with religious artifacts, colonial and republican art.

Tarabuco Market

Tarabuco Market is considered the most authentic in Bolivia. It takes place every Sunday. + More info >>

Museums in Sucre City

Santa Clara Museum
It located in the convent of Santa Clara and has an outstanding collection of colonial religious and republican arts . Address: Calle Calvo No. 212.

Asur Ethnographic Textile Museum
The museum has a varied collection of Andean textiles and objects to wear. Address: Capellania House.

Alfredo Gutierrez Valenzuela Museum
The museum depends on the Universidad Mayor de San Francisco Javier. The museum has a collection of furniture, fixtures and ornaments of the period. Address: Plaza 25 de Mayo No. 23.

Charcas Historical Museum
Exhibition of colonial and republican paintings, depends on the Universidad Mayor de San Fracisco Javier. Address: Calle Bolivar Dalence corner.

Anthropological Museum
It has an important anthropological and archaeological collection of southern Bolivia.
Address: Calle Bolivar Dalence corner.

Natural History Museum
Work on the study and exhibition of stuffed animals, minerals and plants characteristic of Bolivia.

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