Sucre, the judicial and constitutional capital of Bolivia, is also regarded as the country's loveliest city. Founded by the Spanish in 1538, the city developed from mining roots to become a regional center of religious, legal, and cultural affairs. This heritage is well preserved in the city's historic center, where whitewashed churches and mansions are arranged in the classic colonial grid pattern. UNESCO declared Sucre's colonial quarter a World Heritage Site in 1991.
Sucre is also the birthplace of Bolivian independence. In 1825, Bolivia's declaration of independence was penned in what is now known as the House of Freedom. Originally constructed in 1621 as a convent, this elegant edifice now displays the declaration and other treasures of Bolivia's independence era.
Other Sucre landmarks include the National Library, the cathedral, the archbishop's palace, and the Templo Nuestra Señora de la Merced. Sucre also has a fine collection of small museums highlighting sacred art, folklore and textiles.
Farther afield, the Central Highlands tempt visitors with treks in the Cordillera de los Frailes and traditional Sunday markets in the towns of Candelaria and Tarabuco.
Sucre's climate is cool year round, with highs near 67ºF, and lows around 45°F. Sucre can be reached by air from La Paz (45 minutes) and Santa Cruz (35 minutes). The airport is only six miles from the city center.
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