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Potosi's Mint House

The hill, city and house that financed the world

•type:

•interest:

CULTURAL

HISTORIC HOUSE

•location:
POTOSÍ CITY
•country:
BOLIVIA
 

Potosi's Mint House

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Valdine y Pimenta - Creative Commons Attribution
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José Fuertes - Public Domain
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José Fuertes - Creative Commons Attribution
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ABOUT - 

Potosi's Mint House

Potosi’s Mint House or Bolivia’s National Mint is a “must-see” for all the people interested in knowing the history, not only of Bolivia, but of the world. It is located in the city of San Luis de Potosí, in the southern part of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

 

The Villa Imperial (Imperial Village) of Potosí, its hill Rico and its Mint, were for centuries protagonists of the western culture. All the wealth that maintained the debts of the Spanish Empire and Europe, were extracted from Potosi’s silver mines, but with the work of natives and African slaves.


The Potosi’s Mint House was founded in 1572 by viceroy Francisco de Toledo, in Plaza del Regocijo (today Plaza 10 de Noviembre). Two centuries later, in 1773, the Spanish crown ordered the construction of a new house. Today it is an impressive building turned into a museum, which is visited by tourists from all over the world. Due to its exceptional characteristics, it is inscribed in the World Heritage list by UNESCO. It is located on one of the corners of Plaza 10 de Noviembre.

 

The Mint House occupies an area of ​​7,570 m2, it has about 15,000 m2 of construction, with 5 patios and 200 environments. Its architecture is baroque of great visibility. In its time, it costed 1'148,452 pesos, which at the present price would represent 10 million dollars. Its rooms are full of models, coins, old machines and artifacts, which tell the story of a city that, in its boom era, was one of the largest and most important in the world.

 

In 1940, the Government of Bolivia, handed over the Mint House to the Geographic and History Society "Potosí", for the organization of a museum and historical archive. As a colonial and republican institution it minted coins uninterruptedly between 1574 and 1953.

 

The Imperial Villa of Potosi, in southern Bolivia, extends to the foothills of the legendary Cerro Rico (Rich Hill) mountain or 'Sumaj Orcko', where the world's largest silver mine was located from the middle of 16th century until the 17th century. Potosi has 189,652 inhabitants and its average altitude is 3900 meters above sea level, making it the second highest city in the world after El Alto (La Paz, Bolivia).

 

PRACTICAL - 

Potosi's Mint House

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Ayacucho Street, Imperial Villa of Potosi, Bolivia.

  • From tuesday to saturday, during the mornings from 09h00 to 12h30 and during the afternoons from 14h30 to 18h30.

  • Sundays only during the mornings, from 09h00 to 12h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Potosí city - 0km - 0miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

La Paz city´s airport - 538km - 334miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

• Kind:

URBAN

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

4090

• Altitude meters:

HISTORIC HOUSE

• Type:

13420

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

2

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Guided visits.

  • Assisted selguided visits.

  • Independent visit.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending civic events.

  • Attending artistic events.

SPORTS:

  • Walking.

  • Biking.

  • Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

  • Historic district. 

ENTRANCE FEE

  • Nationals S/.10 bolivianos.

  • Foreigners S/. 40 bolivianos.

  • Photography right S/. 20 bolivianos.

  • Filming right S/. 40 bolivianos.

  • Guides in spanish, english, french and italian are included in the entrance fee.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A camera

  • A video camera

  • Money for the cost of entry and payment of photography and filming rights.

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Potosi's Mint House

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