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Billed as ‘the best museum in Bolivia’ by one of the guidebooks, Casa Real de la Moneda had a big reputation to live up to. With only one full day in Potosi I came straight off my mine tour and hit the museum – which may possibly have affected my enjoyment of it somewhat as I was slightly underwhelmed. The building itself is incredible – it’s almost hard to believe it’s as old as they say as, apart from the 500 year old style, it looks almost new. So it was the monotone tour guide that lost me I think – he sounded like a bored Stephen Hawkin and managed to make some absolutely fascinating tales torture to listen to. I was also a bit miffed to find out that it was an extra 20 Bolivianos to take photos inside the museum (basically doubling the entrance fee) – not possessing a decent camera I didn’t bother… so all coin shots are sourced off the internet!
http://lukeawaynow.com/

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The giant face which greats you at the mint

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From  La Paz, Bolivia
Travel from Mar 8 to Mar 25
Thanks Nunez !

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Potosí is a city and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4,090 metres (13,420 ft) and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint.

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Potosí lies at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí—sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico (“rich mountain”)—a mountain popularly conceived of as being “made of” silver ore, which has always dominated the city. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From  La Paz, Bolivia
Travel from Mar 8 to Mar 25
Thanks Nunez !

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No.35 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)