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incredibly detailed carving on facade of San Lorenzo  
   

incredibly detailed carving on facade of San Lorenzo

Mestizo Baroque style
Potosi--Wild Colors and Faded Glory

February 15th 2013
My asthmatic lungs wheezed out a tune as I climbed the steep hills of one of the world's highest cities, Potosi, at 4,090 m/13,420 ft. For a couple of weeks, I explored the labyrinthine, narrow streets, ferreting out rich churches and monasteries encrusted with gold and silver, colorful, balconied 17c colonial palaces, and church roofs for grand views over the city and surrounding countryside. ... read more
South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi

Bolivian Flag Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1... ... read more
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