Sucre Travel Guide, Bolivia
Sucre, Bolivia - Overview: City of Many Names
Pedro De Anzures founded the city of Sucre on November 30, 1958. Mining activities, which were overseen by Gonzalo Pizzaro, formed the main factor behind the foundation of the city. He had deep interest in exploring Andean Cordillera.
Felipe II, the Spanish king founded Audiencia De Charcas in 1559. In order to take control of the eastern territories, the headquarter was established in La Plata. It had executive powers and held judicial authorities by the virtue of which it could preside over South-eastern Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and some parts of Bolivia.
On receiving an archbishopric in 1609, it was granted theological autonomy. Thus, the University of St. Xavier was established in 1624. In the same century, La Plata continued to serve as a religious, legal and cultural center.
On May 25, 1809 La Plata cried for the first time for independence. They were granted the same on August 6, 1825. Thus, a new republic, Bolivia was formed which was named after the liberator Simon Bolivar. On August 11 of the same year, the La Plata’s name was changed to Sucre to honor Antonio Sucre, who was also a martyr.
Sucre is located 3800 meters above sea level. The weather is quite mild and pleasant and the average temperature during the day is around 20 degrees Celsius.
Sights in Sucre
Positioned on the main plaza is Casa De La Libertad. It was in this mansion on August 6, 1825 that the declaration of Bolivia’s independence was signed. Portraits of documents and decorations are displayed. Palacio De La Glorieta was formerly owned by the business tycoon Don Francisco De Argandona. Presently, it is a military school. San Francisco Xavier University, which was founded on March 27, 1624, is also a place of attraction.
In the early 16th century, Franciscan Order established the Museo De La Recoleta. During those days, it served as a prison, barracks, museum and convent. Handicrafts of furniture and paintings of Melcher Perez are displayed in Museo De Charcas. However, sculptures and modern Bolivian Paintings are displayed at Museo De Arte Moderno.
An experience in the ‘City of many names’ is of another level. So, don’t miss it!
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