Saturday, August 18, 2012

The city that touches the sky: La Paz, Bolivia

Between 1438 and 1527, the Inca empire, during its last great expansion, gained control over much of what is now western Bolivia.

The Spanish conquest of the Inca empire began in 1524, and was mostly completed by 1533. After declaring independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed. Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825.

La Paz gives a feel of top of the world by all means. Located high above sea level at 3600 metres, this city earns the reputation of being one of the highest cities in the world. La Paz is the legislative capital and largest city of Bolivia. The city of Sucre is the official capital and judicial headquarters of the country.

From a set of two Christmas stamps (2011).


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