A constitutional, multiparty democracy with an elected president and bicameral legislature, Bolivia has separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, with an attorney general independent of all three. The traditionally strong executive, however, tends to overshadow the Congress, whose role is generally limited to debating and approving legislation initiated by the executive.
Bolivia's nine departments received greater autonomy under the Administrative Decentralization law of 1995, although principal departmental officials are still appointed by the central government. Bolivian cities and towns are governed by elected mayors and councils. The most recent municipal elections took place in December 1999. The Popular Participation Law of April 1994, which distributes a significant portion of national revenues to municipalities for discretionary use, has enabled previously neglected communities to make striking improvements in their facilities and services.
Source: U.S. Department of State
The Sucre cathedral construction started 1551 to 1561, between 1580 and 1633 other parts were added.
The church has got three naves covered with cruzería.
The main entrance is constructed in Baroque style of Charcas, a very special style that has never been accepeted and thatfor never imitated.
Sucre, the oficial capital of Bolivia, has got about 150.000 inhabitants and was founded 1540 with the name "La Plata". It´s called "white city" because of the numerous white limed houses. The city is part of the World heritage Site of teh UNESCO.
The most improtant buildings in colonial style are the cathedral, the Palacio Arzobispal, the Casa de la Libertad, the Palacio del Gran Poder and churches and convents as San Francisco, Recoleta, Santa Clara and Merced.
Fondest memory: it´s beautiful do wander through the Calle Junin observing the beautiful colonial buildings.
Favorite thing: You never know what gems you will find by just walking aimlessly on the streets of downtown Sucre. The town's buildings are painted a lovely white with Spanish type roods. I came across the beautiful church of Santa Monica one day just by walking around downtown.
Favorite thing: In the convent of La Recoleta you can visit an interesting museum with paintings of the colonial and republic times. besides there is a numismatic and a archeological collection.
Favorite thing: The bell tower is a Sucre landmark, you find statues of the 12 apostles and for patron saints of Sucre on it.
Sucre is a city with long university tradition.
The national university, San Francisco Xavier, 1625 and specializes in law