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Basílica y Convento de San Francisco y Museo Fray Francisco Miguel Mari - Historical Building Tarija - Bolivia

The Basílica San Francisco was built in 1606 and is the oldest church in town - try and go inside to see the beautiful oil paintings (there is mass most evenings). The museum is housed in the college next door and houses a collection of baroque artwork that has been donated to the convent over the years. There are also displays of large wooden alters, hand-embroided robes from the 18th century, a printing press from the early 20th century and a number of 18th and 19th century books and studies.

The pièce de résistance is an impressive library containing over 15,000 books, but you’ll need special permission to visit it.


Corner of Calle Campos and Calle La Madrid

Tarija, Bolivia

Historical Building Types:
Church and museum, Church and museum

Getting There

The museum entrance is at Calle Colon n 0641, between Calle la Madrid and Calle Ingavi (Tel: 591-4-66-44909)

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Museum - Monday – Friday 10 a.m., 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday – Friday 11 a.m., 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.

Days Closed:Sunday

Travel Skills: None

Here are other activities in and around Tarija that may be of interest: Iglesia de San Roque and Casa Dorada.

20 Oct 2009

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