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Palacio Portales - Historical Building Cochabamba - Bolivia

The former home of tin baron Simón Patiño (although he never actually lived here), who was once the fourth richest man in the world. The two-floor French Renaissance style palace was built using imported European materials by European laborers, and contains Carrara marble, Louis XV furniture, silk brocade and fine sculptures. There are rooms with Moroccan and Gothic influences and a reproduction of the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

The gardens were designed by Japanese specialists and contain fountains, terraces, rose gardens and large palms, and cover ten hectares of the grounds. The complex is now used as a cultural centre and there is also an art exhibition and library.

You can visit the palace in the afternoons Tuesday-Friday (guided tours in English at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., in Spanish at 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday mornings (guided tours in English at 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. on Saturday and 11.30 a.m.; in Spanish at 9.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday).

Av. Potosí 1450, Tel: 4-424-3137

Guided tours cost $1.50 for foreigners, $0.75 for nationals and $0.30 for students.

Entry to the gardens is free (Tuesday-Friday 3 p.m.-6.30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-midday.


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Here are other activities in and around Cochabamba that may be of interest: Catedral Metropolitana de Cochabamba, Iglesia Santa Domingo , Convento-Museo Santa Teresa and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

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