Sucre – The Honorable and Heroic City
Without a doubt, Sucre is Bolivia’s most beautiful city.
Sucre sits in the south-central part of the country at an altitude of 2,808 meters above sea level (9,212 feet) in a valley surrounded by low mountains. It enjoys a mild and comfortable climate.
Sucre is the constitutional and historical capital of Bolivia. Its official name is “The Honorable and Heroic Sucre.”
Overtime, Sucre has taken many different names: “Charcas,” the original name until 1538; “La Plata,” from 1538 to 1776, during the Viceroyalty of Peru; “Chuquisaca,” from 1776 to 1825, during the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata.
In the city of Sucre, the independence of Bolivia was proclaimed on August 6, 1825. Since then, the city has been called “Sucre,” after the liberator Antonio José de Sucre.
Because Sucre preserves, in fact, its whitewashed buildings, splendid patios, and intact colonial architecture, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.
Among the many buildings in the city, we suggest you pay a visit to La Casa de la Libertad, a building dating from the17century. Built by Jesuits, many of the main heroes of South American independence were educated in this university. Additionally, La Catedral Metropolitana de Sucre is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Bolivia.Also worth visiting is Convento de San Felipe Neri, where you are rewarded with one of the most beautiful views in the city.
La Recoleta is known as the Monasterio de Santa Ana de Montesino, and was created by Franciscan monks and hosts a museum with religious artifacts, as well as colonial and republican art.
Among the many museums, we recommend the Natural History Museum, Anthropological Museum, and Asur Ethnographic Textile Museum, as well as a variety of cultural and gastronomic options.
In today’s government structure, La Paz hosts the main government and treasury, while Sucre is home to the judicial branch; the Supreme Court still meets here.