Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, seat of the Supreme Court and capital of the Chuquisaca department, also known as the White City. The city is located in the south central area of the country and lies at an altitude of 2,750 meters (9,100 feet). Its weather is always mild and pleasant. Sucre is also known as The City of Four Names : Charcas, Villa de Oropeza, La Plata and Sucre. An architectural delight, the city is home to beautiful churches, monasteries, mansions and whitewash buildings in fact, governmental regulations require that all buildings are painted white once a year to maintain its character (it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It looks like a typical Spanish town, the narrow streets of the center are organized in blocks, reflecting the Andalusian culture, which is also evidenced in the great houses and numerous convents and churches of the city. It was the first place in South America to demand independence from the Spanish Empire.
Sucre is listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and attracts many foreign visitors every year thanks to its well-preserved downtown with buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and in recognition of its rich history and its wealth of colonial architecture. The Cathedral is the most complex of the colonial religious buildings with Renaissance, Baroque and "Mestizo Baroque" features. Specially remarkable are the mayor altar and the dome crowned by the cross of Carabuco. Chapel of the Virgen de Guadalupe built in 1617 is next to the Cathedral and honors the Virgin Mary with a jewel-covered image painted by Fray Diego de Ocana.
The Cathedral on the main square, the big obelisk and the theatre Gran Mariscal with its great facade on the Casa de la Libertad, and the monastery of San Felipe de Neri, are just few of the architectural highlights of historic centre. Casa de la Libertad is the house on the main plaza, where the Declaration of Independence of Bolivia was signed on August 6th, 1825. Portraits of presidents, military decorations, and documents, including the Declaration of Independence, are displayed. You can also visit the various museums that adorn the culture of Bolivia : Museo de la Recoleta was established by the Franciscan Order between 1601 - 1613, this complex served as a convent, barracks, prison, and museum. Now a museum, it houses anonymous paintings from the 16th to 20th centuries as well as works by Diego Quispe Curo and Juan Perez Villareal. Museo de Charcas displays paintings by Melchor Prez de Holgun as well as furniture handcrafted by native Indians and Museo del Arte Moderno displays works of modern Bolivian painting and sculptures.
The other sights of the surrounding of Sucre include: Cal Orcko, the place where the largest set of dinosaur footprints have been found on earth! And Tarabuco, a small authentic village with the famous Sunday market where tipical dressed people from the surrounding village come for shopping. Whether you want to take in the citys exciting history, explore the many white colonial buildings, or just sit back and relax with a hot chocolate in one of the numerous chocolate shops, many a day can be spent enjoying Sucres easy atmosphere.