Friday, June 4, 2010

Photos of Potosi, Bolivia

View over Potosi to Cerro Rico (Rich Hill), a silver mine for nearly 400 years.

Convent of Santa Theresa.  After all-white Sucre, it was nice to see some color.

Cathedral, main square.

A courtyard of Casa Nacional De Moneda, a mint from 1572 to the 1950's. 

This piece of machinery in the mint, driven by 4 donkeys, was used to flatten silver ingots, which were then made into coins.

Inca or pre-Inca skull, showing deformation characteristic of the ruling class. (Mint museum)

The mint museum holds many fine pieces of silver.

Lock mechanism, made of silver, on Spanish trunk used to transport silver ingots from Bolivia to Spain.

Did not read the sign to try and figure out the deal with the statue of liberty thing, but this pigeon did not seem to care one way or the other.

Feeding pigeons in the main square.


  1. Wow! It looks awesome! And by the way, we received your package from Peru. Cool stuff! Blossom squeaks hello!

  2. More Great Pictures!! Gpa and Goldia