Sucre and Potosí
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre, is a living example of both time periods: colonial and modern. La Catedral, churches and Convents of Recoleta, San Felipe and Guadalupe, the House of Liberty, the liberty bell in the San Francisco convent, the second oldest university in South America, the University museum, offering valuable examples of anthropological studies and colonial and modern art.
Potosí, on the other hand is a famous colonial city and principal source of silver during this time period. The Cerro Rico (Rich Hill) crowns the city, and according to the legend, is the hill that has produced enough silver to make a bridge from Potosí to Madrid. The Cathedral, San Francisco Church, and House of Money, with its original wooden machinery, are the major attractions of the city. Potosí was declared by the United Nations as a "Patrimonio Histórico de la Humanidad," a distinguished honor for a city.
To the South of Potosí, Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt plain in the world, forming part of what used to be a sea encompassing the entire highlands area.
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