Gate to Potosi Bolivia. We arrived at the edge of Potosi City, it is 4,100m above sea level here.
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.
Looking down the city of Potosí from here.
Got into the city of Potosí, we are walking the Tarija street to the city center.
Tarija Street Potosí Bolivia
Iglesia de San Francisco on the Tarija street. Built in 1547 San Francisco is the oldest church in Potosi.
Interior of Iglesia de San Francisco, the nave and the altar.
As left the church and walking, found a restaurant on the street and we ate lunch there.
Restaurant El Empedrdilloel Potosí, it has a reputation for offering good meals.
Main square of Potosí, called 10 de Noviembre (November 10th Plaza). Left, the white house is the court. Statue of Liberty in the center. Right khaki house is the first mint.
November 10th Plaz is a place of relaxation and refreshment for local residents.
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Potosí
Interior of Potosí Cathedral
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.
Main Alter of the Potosí Cathedral
This cathedral is not so big, but it has a different atmosphere than the European cathedral.
Vault and stained glasses of the Potosí Cathedral.
After the cathedral, we are walking to the Casa Nacional de la Moneda (National Mint of Bolivia) in the next block.
Casa de la Moneda (former National Mint of Bolivia) can be visited as a museum.
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.
Inside of the National Mint of Bolivia. Courtyard, Fountain, El Mascaron (decoration of mask ) of Casa de la Moneda and Argentine coin minted in the Mint of Potosí, 1815. It’s prohibited to take photos in this house.
Next we are walking to the central market Potosí nearby.
Mercado Central (Central Market) on the street of Héroes del Chaco (Heroes of the Chaco War) Potosí
In front of the market, there are many stalls and street vendors.
Well, let’s get into the market house.
Inside of the market, there are a lot of small food shops and sells every food.
The inhabitants around here eat meat of Llama. I have tried it, that was not so bad.
Left the Central Market, when we are walking around in the vicinity an old church appeared. It’s the Church of San Lorenzo Potosí.
Iglesia de San Lorenzo (Church of San Lorenzo de Carangas)
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.
Taking some photos of the church of San Lorenzo, I was strolling in the city of Potosí for a while.
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!