Plaza Murillo, La Paz

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  • The guards outside the Presidential Palace
    The guards outside the Presidential...
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  • Pedro Domingo Murillo at Plaza Murillo
    Pedro Domingo Murillo at Plaza Murillo
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  • The Congress and the Bolivian flag
    The Congress and the Bolivian flag
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    Plaza Murillo

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Pedro Domingo Murillo at Plaza Murillo
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    Plaza Murillo is the city’s main square, named after Pedro Domingo Murillo, a Bolivian freedom fighter. There is a 3 meter high monument of the hero in the centre of the square, on the same spot where he was hung in 1810. Plaza Murillo is surrounded by some of La Paz's most famous buildings; the Cathedral (read my other tips) from 1835, 'Palacio de Gobierno’ (the Presidential Palace), 'Palacio Legislativo' (the Congress), and a few others...

    A nice place for a stop... Outside the Presidential Palace, a couple of relaxed soldiers - wearing their 19th century uniforms - were keeping an eye on the square, and some local Bolivians were sitting around on benches, relaxing from a long week's work. A popular activity seemed to be feeding the many pigeons occupying the square...

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    The Cathedral

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    The Cathedral
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    The Cathedral (Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de La Paz) is located at Plaza Murillo in the centre of La Paz. It is the second cathedral on the site, the first one from 1692 threatened to collapse, and had to be demolished in 1831. Four years later, the work on the current cathedral began, and it was inaugurated in 1925.

    The Cathedral is not the most beautiful I have ever visited, but the huge bronze entrance doors, the main altar, and the high ceilings and domes decorated with large windows and beautiful glass mosaics are worth a closer look...

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    PLAZA MURILLO

    by swesn Updated Feb 8, 2008

    Although Plaza Murillo is more 'hidden' than Plaza San Francisco, it is the traditional centre of La Paz.

    The huge Cathedral faces it and around the square are a series of charming colonial architecture, including the Palacio Presidencial (Presidential palace) which is also known as Palacio Quemado (burnt palace) and the Congreso Nacional.

    The plaza is much prettier than the others and at night, it is a romantic and quiet spot to hang out.

    There are some restaurants around the plaza and even a local cinema.

    The area to the north of the plaza starts to get a bit steep. At this altitude, any climb is an effort. Do take care.

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    Plaza Murillo

    by elpariente Written Mar 9, 2007

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    En la plaza Murillo están la Catedral , el Palacio Presidencial (Palacio Quemado ), el Congreso .el museo del Arte...
    Vale la pena darse un paseo por allí y hacer alguna visitilla a los edificios
    In Murillo square are the Cathedral , the Presidential Palace ( Burnt Palace ) , the Congress and the Arts Museum...
    It is worthy to take a walk around and to make some visits to the buildings

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    Tomb contents

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    This is not a theater

    Plaza Murillo, La Paz’s Plaza de Armas, contains the Presidential Palace. Its neighbour is the Cathedral. Tucked away between the two is the tomb of the third Bolivian president (one of the 195 of them) who like the previous had to do with the uprising against the Spanish despots. Pretty much like his colleagues in arms he ended up where they were sent from – France. While fellow troublemaker San Martin passed away somewhere in the south of France, our Bolivian hero Santa Cruz, died in Versailles – this true city of kings. Mind you, now they have very nice sarcophaguses, French style – it must be worth the effort.

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    Murillo square

    by SirRichard Written Jun 10, 2005

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    The square and the cathedral

    This little square is located in the centre and is very lively daily, with people walking around, local vendors, doves, and a big fountain in the middle. Is nice to seat and observe daily life, and one of the few green square in the historic centres!

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    The Cathedral

    by SirRichard Written Jun 10, 2005

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    The facade

    It is located in Plaza Murillo, a lively square in the very centre.
    This impossing 1835 building was built on a slope, and is nice but not really very interesting inside, though the huge windows are interesting.

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    Political Center of Bolivia

    by AlbuqRay Written Jan 15, 2005

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    Plaza Murillo Looking South

    Even though the official capital is Sucre, the real political center of Bolivia is Plaza Murillo. It used to be called Plaza de Armas (same as the plaza in Cusco) but was renamed for Pedro Domingo Murillo, the Bolivian hero who helped Bolivia get its independence from Spain. Ironically, he was hanged there in 1810 before independence was gained. In the picture, you can also see the Cathedral and the Palacio Presidential. See also a separate travelogue.

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    Plaza Murillo

    by andal13 Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    Plaza Murillo

    This is the main square, the very heart of the city of La Paz. Around the square you will find Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) and Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of La Paz), that you can see in the picture.

    Esta es la plaza principal, el verdadero corazón de la ciudad de La Paz. Alrededor de la plaza se encuentran el Palacio de Gobierno y la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz, que se ve en esta foto.

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    plaza Murillo with cathedral and government

    by chancay Updated Feb 17, 2003

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    Palacio Quemado

    on the photo you can see the "Palacio Quemado" (Burnt palace), rebuilt in renaissance style. On the other side there´s the cathedral built in 1835 and next the "Palacio de los Condes Arana" (a powerful bolivian family in the past), used as a museum of art nowadays (current bolivian artists).
    Open times: Tu - Fri : 9-12 and 15-19, Sa 10-13

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    Plaza Murillo: the heart of Bolivia

    by darthmilmo Written Sep 26, 2002

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    Plaza Murillo is the main plaza of Bolivia. Unlike other main squares or plazas, this one is small and lovely. You can seat and read a book while watching the business people do their thing while a chola walk past through them. It's an amazing place. Check out the palacio nacional and the other government buildings.

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    We had a very nice...

    by Rene_Slot Written Sep 2, 2002

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    We had a very nice sundayafternoon sitting on a step at the plaza Murillo, in front of the presidential palace.
    People were parading there with their children, all in their best clothes, enjoying the sunday, feeding pigeons, buying candy, ice-cream, popcorn a.s.o.

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  • The Congress

    by jlvillalba Written Jun 10, 2005

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    sometimes isolated due to demonstrations, with a lot of patrol around all year....of course, no pick pocket here

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    Government Palace

    by chris_i79 Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Murillo square is in the center of La Paz and is home to the Governement Palace, the Cathedral and is a great place to sit and people watch.

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    one building that stands out

    by richiecdisc Updated Feb 22, 2003

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    the colorful Presidential Palace

    The colorful Presidential Palace in the Plaza Murillo is perhaps the most photographed building after Iglesia San Francisco.

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