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Tarija City

Tarija, Bolivia

TARIJA is also known as the Bolivian Andalusia. It is a land of couplet-makers, beautiful valleys and vineyards; a nice, warm place meant for relaxing and enjoying nature. People are essentially catholic and deeply rooted in tradition, in such a way that the celebrations haven’t lost their vernacular enchantment. It has a rich folkloric, religious and cultural tradition, with well-known celebrations, such as the one-of-a-kind Chapaco Carnival, the Blooming Easter, San Roque´s Celebration, the “Chaguada”, the “Rosario”, among others; there are also events, such as the “EXPOSUR” (South expo). Youthfulness and tradition are always present in these events. The state capital has the same name, and it is known to be one of Bolivia’s most welcoming cities.

THE CATHEDRAL: It is, without a doubt, an architectural jewel of the XVIII century. It currently holds the Diocese created in 1925, becoming a synthesis of the Jesuit legacy that Tarija’s people are so proud of.

GOLDEN HOUSE: Today, converted into The House of Culture (The City Government’s official culture diffusion centre), it is the main stage of artistic demonstrations, i.e. theatre, music and dance. It is also a major architectural piece from the nineteenth century. The façade echoes a zocle with columns placed as doorjambs and window posts. The interior is decorated with Persian rugs, refined crystal chandeliers and mirrors framed by wood covered in gold leaf.

FRANCISCAN LIBRARY: Placed in the Franciscan Monastery, it houses more than 17.000 titles. It has become one of the most important academic reference places for students and researchers.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM: Repository of the Franciscan Order, established in 1978 at the San Francisco Monastery, in which there is a permanent exhibit of religious, colonial and republican art.

PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM: Established in 1940, it is a part of the local State University “Juan Misael Saracho”. On display is an invaluable collection of palaeontology pieces and archaeological remains found in Tarija’s provinces.

HOUSE OF “JOSÉ EUSTAQUIO MÉNDEZ”: This is the home of Tarija’s Independence hero. It was established as a museum on September 18, 1966 with an exhibit of personal pieces and war relics.

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