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Plaza Murillo

The historical heart of La Paz is home to impressive colonial buildings, statues of prominent national figures and a museum colonial art.

Visit Plaza Murillo to spot some of La Paz’s finest colonial buildings then see an impressive collection of colonial and modern art. Since the colonial years, this leafy square has been the city’s historic center and today it remains the focal point of political life in Bolivia. It takes its name from Pedro Domingo Murillo, who was an important figure in the war of independence.

Lining the square are some of La Paz’s finest works of architecture. Go to the south side to see two dominant symbols of Bolivian political and religious influence. Check out the imposing neoclassical façade and stained-glass work of the Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Paz. Next door is the elegant Presidential Palace, guarded by soldiers dressed in 19th-century military uniforms.

On the east side of the plaza you’ll find another historic building, the Palacio Legislativo. Established as the seat of Bolivia’s Congress in the early 20th century, the site previously housed a convent and then later a university. Its Corinthian-style columns and large cupola catch the eye.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the 18th-century Palacio de los Condes de Arana, which houses the National Museum of Art. Spot work by revered Bolivian sculptor Marina Núñez del Prado. Visit a gallery dedicated to Melchor Pérez Holguín, who was one of the great masters of Andean colonial art.

Spend some time people-watching. See kids chase and feed the pigeons and admire the traditional clothing and bowler hats of the Aymara women who gather here for chats. Look for a bust of Gualberto Villarroel, a former president who was killed and then hung from a streetlamp here in 1946. Gaze up at the tall statue of Pedro Domingo Murillo, whose life ended in a similar manner in 1810.

As the historical heart of La Paz, Plaza Murillo is easily accessible by foot and taxi from all parts of the city. Shared mini buses stop near the square.

Popular Activities at Plaza Murillo

Get the most out of your time at Plaza Murillo. Below is a list of some of the top activities:

9-Day Andean Crossing Tour is one of the exciting experiences on offer here.

If you'd like more options, take a look at our La Paz things to do page.


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Hotel Europa La Paz ¥11,991
Hotel Europa La Paz

Hotel Europa La Paz

Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Archaeology and Plaza Murillo. Mirador Killi Killi and Witches' Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Camacho Cable Car Station is only a 5-minute walk and Teatro al Aire Libre Cable Car Station is 7 minutes.

    Hotel Rosario La Paz ¥7,962
    Hotel Rosario La Paz

    Hotel Rosario La Paz

    Av. Illampu 704, Rosario, La Paz
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Witches' Market, Plaza San Francisco, and San Francisco Church. National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Armentia Cable Car Station is 10 minutes by foot and Central Cable Car Station is 11 minutes.

      La Casona Hotel Boutique ¥8,550
      La Casona Hotel Boutique

      La Casona Hotel Boutique

      Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz Nº 938, La Paz, La Paz
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps from Plaza San Francisco and San Francisco Church. Witches' Market and Teatro Municipal Alberto Saavedra Pérez are also within 10 minutes. Edificio Correos Cable Car Station is 5 minutes by foot and Camacho Cable Car Station is 9 minutes.

        Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa ¥12,263
        Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa

        Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa

        Edificio Multicine Pisos 5 & 12, La Paz
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown La Paz, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Murillo, and Hernando Siles Stadium. Witches' Market and Plaza San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km). Plaza Triangular Cable Car Station is 13 minutes by foot and Sopocachi Cable Car Station is 14 minutes.

          Hotel Nuevo Sol ¥3,939
          Hotel Nuevo Sol

          Hotel Nuevo Sol

          Calle Linares 1011, La Paz
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coca Museum, La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, and Plaza Murillo. San Francisco Church and Hernando Siles Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Edificio Correos Cable Car Station is only a 4-minute walk and Camacho Cable Car Station is 9 minutes.

            Hotel Sagarnaga ¥4,072
            Hotel Sagarnaga

            Hotel Sagarnaga

            Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps from Coca Museum and San Francisco Church. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 10 minutes. Edificio Correos Cable Car Station is 7 minutes by foot and Armentia Cable Car Station is 12 minutes.

              Hotel LP Columbus ¥4,490
              Hotel LP Columbus

              Hotel LP Columbus

              Av Illimani 1990, Frente Stadium Hernando Siles, La Paz
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps from Open Air Museum and Hernando Siles Stadium. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 15 minutes. Camacho Cable Car Station is 12 minutes by foot and Monumento a Busch Cable Car Station is 15 minutes.

                York Vintage ¥1,731
                York Vintage

                York Vintage

                Calle Murillo 743, La Paz
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown La Paz, this bed & breakfast is steps from Witches' Market and San Francisco Church. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 10 minutes. Armentia Cable Car Station is 9 minutes by foot and Edificio Correos Cable Car Station is 11 minutes.