Potosí is a town in southern central Bolivia. It is the capital of the Potosí Department and has a population of almost 175,000. It lies at the foot of the mountain Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), whose silver wealth Potosí made in the early 17th century, one of the largest cities in the world and of the silver and tin deposits the city depends today.
Got into the city of Potosí, we are walking the Tarija street to the city center.
As left the church and walking, found a restaurant on the street and we ate lunch there.
Located in the November 10th Plaza, the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, also called Potosí Cathedral was built between 1808 – 1838 with baroque and neoclassical colonial influence.
This cathedral is not so big, but it has a different atmosphere than the European cathedral.
After the cathedral, we are walking to the Casa Nacional de la Moneda (National Mint of Bolivia) in the next block.
The Casa de la Moneda was an important center of Spanish colonial trade in South America. It was built in 1572 and from this mint that most of the silver shipped through the Spanish Main came.
Next we are walking to the central market Potosí nearby.
Well, let’s get into the market house.
Left the Central Market, when we are walking around in the vicinity an old church appeared. It’s the Church of San Lorenzo Potosí.
The church was built in the mid-16th century and renovated in the 18th century. It is regarded as a masterpiece of the festival style in which indigenous culture and Baroque style are fused, and the facade is sculpted precisely.
The town of Potosí is very interesting and unique. The inhabitants are shy but honest and kind. I have to leave. Gracias y adiós Potosí!