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Copacabana Cathedral - Historical Building Copacabana - Bolivia

Copacabana Cathedral, formally called Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Copacabana, is one of Bolivia’s truly unique churches. This sprawling church (1550-1651) has large round domes, commanding pillars and mudéjar (Moorish) style design. From the outside, the cathedral is a dominating, whitewashed sanctuary, complete with a walled courtyard and chapels in each corner. Inside the temple are a long row of wooden pews and a ceiling painted in deep reds, blues and yellows. In a small chapel is the miraculous Virgen de Copacabana, Bolivia’s patron saint. The ornately robed, Andean-looking Virgin was sculpted by Francisco Yupanqui, grandson of the Inca ruler, Tupac Yupanqui. People come from all over Bolivia and Peru to have their new vehicles blessed by her, a ceremony that entails high-powered liquor and fireworks.

The adjacent museum, Museo Pinacoteca Tito Yupanqui, exhibits Cusqueña School paintings and other religious objects (daily 8 a.m.-noon, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Entry: $0.25). The gift shop sells postcards, books (in Aymara and Spanish), posters and religious relics.


Avenida 6 de Agosto, Plaza 2 de Febrero

Copacabana, Bolivia

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Church and museum, Churches and religious buildings, Spiritual/Religious

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Daily 6 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 8 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
27 Jun 2012

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