Theme Week Bolivia – Sucre

Friday, 29 June 2018 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage
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Sucre, capital de Bolivia © flickr.com - Micah MacAllen/cc-by-sa-2.0

Sucre, capital de Bolivia © flickr.com – Micah MacAllen/cc-by-sa-2.0

Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, the capital of the Chuquisaca Department, and one of the capitals of Bolivia, where the Supreme Court is located. The government of the City of Sucre is divided into the executive and legislative branches. The city is named in honor of the revolutionary leader Antonio José de Sucre. After the economic decline of Potosí and its silver industry, Sucre lost the Bolivian seat of government when it was moved to La Paz in 1898. Today, it is the 6th most populated city in Bolivia. Located in the south-central part of the country, Sucre lies at an elevation of 2,810 meters (9,214 feet). This relatively high altitude gives the city a cool temperate climate year-round.

The city attracts thousands of tourists every year due to its well-preserved downtown with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nestled at the foot of the twin hills of Churuquella and Sika Sika, Sucre is the gateway to numerous small villages that date from the colonial era, the most well-known of which is Tarabuco, home of the colorful “Pukllay” festival held each March. Most of these villagers are members of one of the indigenous ethnicities. Many dress in clothing distinctive to their respective villages. In 1991 Sucre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city contains many old and classic buildings and is home to several churches, convents, and chapels.

Mi Pueblo Samary Hotel © Carloshistory/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mercado Central © Mx._Granger Castillo del Principado de La Glorieta © flickr.com - Jerry Daykin/cc-by-2.0 Banco Nacional de Bolivia © Massiel Z C/cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - Murray Foubister/cc-by-sa-2.0 © flickr.com - Murray Foubister/cc-by-sa-2.0 © flickr.com - Murray Foubister/cc-by-sa-2.0 © flickr.com - Murray Foubister/cc-by-sa-2.0 Sucre, capital de Bolivia © flickr.com - Micah MacAllen/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Castillo del Principado de La Glorieta © flickr.com - Jerry Daykin/cc-by-2.0
The House of Freedom, built in 1621, it is perhaps the most important building of the nation. The republic was founded in this building by Simón Bolívar who wrote the Bolivian Constitution. The “Salón de la Independencia” houses the Bolivian Declaration of Independence.

The National Library, built on the same year of the foundation of the Republic, is the first and the most important historical, bibliographical and documentation center of the country. The National Library has documents that date from 16th century.

The Metropolitan Cathedral, built between 1559 and 1712, the cathedral has the “Museo Catedraliceo” which is the first and most important religious museum of the country. The “Pinacoteca” has a vast collection of paintings by Colonial and Republican masters and also by Europeans such as Bitti, Fourchaudt and Van Dyck. The Cathedral contains a vast amount of jewelry made of gold, silver and gemstones.

The Archbishop’s Palace. built in 1609, was an important religious and historic institution during colonial times.

The Departmental Autonomous Government of Chuquisaca, one of the best buildings of republican architecture, was completed in 1896. It was the first Palace of Government of Bolivia but when the government was moved to La Paz it became the Chuquisaca Governorship Palace.

The Supreme Court of Justice was established on July 16, 1827. Its first president was Dr. Manuel Maria Urcullo. Others prominent in its history include Dr. Pantaleon Dalence, who was twice president of the Supreme Court and through his qualities became known as the ‘Father of Bolivian Justice’. This institution was installed in several places before moving to its current building. It was designed in the neoclassical style under the canons of French academicism and was inaugurated on May 25, 1945.

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Read more on UNESCO.org – Historic City of Sucre, LonelyPlanet.com – Sucre, Dinosaur Park and Footprints, Wikivoyage Sucre and Wikipedia Sucre. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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