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LA PAZ

Located in the limits of the Bolivian Altiplano (flatlands) at an average elevation of 3,650 meters above sea level (11,975 ft) - which can vary from 3,000 to 4,000 in the highest areas (from 9,800 to 13,500 ft), La Paz is the highest de facto capital city in the entire world, serving as seat of the Bolivian government.

It was founded by Spanish explorers in 1548, in the place of an Native American settlement, called "Laja". Its full name is "Nuestra Señora de La Paz", which translated from Spanish to "Our Lady of Peace".

The city itself is the second most populated of the country, only after Santa Cruz de la Sierra, while its metropolitan area has 2,3 millon inhabitants, thus making it roughly the largest of the country.

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Overview of downtown La Paz at night

Bolivia. La Paz. Una ciudad siempre en peligro ¡ por César Angel. Zaragoza, en Flickr

Overview of the city on a winter morning. The mountain Illimani (6,438 m / 21,122 ft) in the back

La Paz por markg6, en Flickr

Lights in La Paz on a cloudy night

Luces en La Paz by Ivan Piñero Valdivi... in Panoramio

Aerial photograph of western part of the city

Originally posted by COCHALO in Skyscrapercity (View original post)


Originally posted by Guille76 in Skyscrapercity (View original post)

San Jorge neighborhood and the Bridge of the Americas at the left

Originally posted by alvarin7 in Skyscrapercity (View original post)

Legislative Palace of Bolivia. Its construction started on 1898 on a previous Jesuitical site, established around 1582

Palacio Legislativo de Bolivia por Diego Rayaces, en Flickr


Palacio Legislativo, La Paz por Peter B Davies, en Flickr

Palace of Government.
The original was finished in 1562, when Bolivia was still part of the Spanish Empire, but got partially destroyed by 1830, so it was rebuilt around 1845. It is commonly called the "Burnt Palace", as it caught fire and nearly got destroyed in 1875.

Fotos de La Paz por lncognito, en Flickr

Metropolitan Cathedral of La Paz
The original, which was located in the exact same site, was finished in 1692. Because of structural damage, it was demolished entirely in 1831. The current one was built in the period between 1835 and 1925.

Catedral Metropolitana, La Paz por Martiarena, en Flickr

Vice Presidency Palace

La Paz - Vicepresidencia de la República por Santiago Stucchi Portocarrero, en Flickr

The Old Town
As most of the cities in the Hispanic America, the Spanish influence is notorious.

Originally posted by LaPaz Urbanismo in Skyscrapercity (View original post)

The Illimani

Illimani @ sunset por dmbrickman, en Flickr
 

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San Jorge - Residential and business area, downtown La Paz

Untitled-1 por Gonzalo M. Garcia, en Flickr

Plaza Isabel La Católica
Isabel La Católica square, that honors the Queen Isabella I of Castile, who allowed and financed Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage, and therefore the discovery of the Americas

Isabel La Catolica por Gonzalo M. Garcia, en Flickr

La Paz Bus Station
A former train station, designed by Gustave Eiffel

terminal de buses la paz por timsnell, en Flickr

Franz Tamayo Square
Known better as "Plaza del estudiante" (Student's Square), because of its location near the public university, its statue honors Antonio José de Sucre, hero of the Bolivian Independence and Bolivian Second President.

Antonio Jose de Sucre por Gonzalo M. Garcia, en Flickr
 

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Statue of Alonso de Mendoza
Spanish captain who founded the city of La Paz

Alonso de Mendoza por Gonzalo M. Garcia, en Flickr

Moon Valley
Badlands landscape in the southern end of the city

Valle de la Luna por Hélio Dias, en Flickr


Valle de la Luna - Bolivia por Scott Holcomb, en Flickr

Illimani mountain and the southern district of the city

Illimani por riunegro, en Flickr

Residential neighborhood in the southern district

Achumani bien a la vista por Alejandro Gabriel Alonso, en Flickr


Lo mejor de la quebrada por Alejandro Gabriel Alonso, en Flickr
 

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:eek:mg:..That first aeril is a stunner.... And the city does look good.... I have seen pix before of this city so I knew a little of what to expect, very modern and urban. But to the first timer, as I was, people have know idea of to expect from this high in the sky metropolis. Question....does beer/alcohol affect you faster at this high altitude?..:cheers:..:cheers1:
 

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^^ Thanks for your comments.


:eek:mg:..That first aeril is a stunner.... And the city does look good.... I have seen pix before of this city so I knew a little of what to expect, very modern and urban. But to the first timer, as I was, people have know idea of to expect from this high in the sky metropolis. Question....does beer/alcohol affect you faster at this high altitude?..:cheers:..:cheers1:
Yes, actually. As there is less oxygen in higher altitudes, and the alcohol itself interferes with the absorption of oxygen in the blood, the effects of alcohol can be felt significantly faster. The effects are the same as in drinking at sea level, only they appear faster.

Peak of the Illimani

Bolivia, illimani y cordillera Real. Explore 27 de octubre de 2010 por César Angel. Zaragoza, en Flickr

Sunset

Bolivia.La Paz. Puesta de sol desde el mirador de Killi Killi por César Angel. Zaragoza, en Flickr
 

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Awesome pictures of a rather interesting city. The picture with the nice houses looks absolutely incredible!

The location is very unique and the slums create a very nice effect at night.
 

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Muito legal! Quero muito conhecer! Abraço aos hermanos bolivianos ;)
 

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Congratulations La Paz!
Today, July 16th, the city of La Paz celebrates the 203rd anniversary of the 1809 uprising of the city against the control of the Spanish Empire.

Statue in the 16th of July Avenue

Bolivia.La Paz. 2009. Avenida 16 de julio. El Prado por César Angel. Zaragoza, en Flickr


Bolivia.La Paz. 2009. Avenida 16 de julio. El Prado por César Angel. Zaragoza, en Flickr


El Prado La Paz City por Eli Maillard, en Flickr

Dawn

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Cold winter day


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