Sanctuary of El Socavon
Sanctuary of El Socavon
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Similtiades
Riga, Latvia3,576 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Oruro is a small city without a lot of money, in the poorest country in South America, and there is very little to do there unless you have a car to get out of the city and explore the countryside surroundings by yourself. So, we ended up spending a few hours walking around the centre before we found this church.

After seeing people starving, and homeless begging for money on the streets in, again, the poorest country in South America, it felt like a huge smack in the face. You walk inside the large barn-style building, to find a newly renovated interior with literally everything glistening for it is covered in gold. Yet, they still have the audacity to places boxes around, with which they ask for donations for themselves, as if the Catholic church is not the wealthiest organisation in the world. As if the money from this church alone could not help the people on the streets outside or revitalise this city.

Welcome to Bolivia; welcome to Catholicism. For shame.
Written 10 February 2020
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Michiel MM
Laren, The Netherlands36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Business
A real new statue in Oruro that rises far above the town. A modern building around the Maria statue in which some expositions, about Carnaval in Oruro, can be seen.
You need to pay extra forthis exposition but it gives you a good insight about the “ biggest tradition” of Oruro and it’s worth wile!
To go up to the Virgin statue take the cable line, only operating on wednesday and weekend time, but worth seeing it and it gives you a fantastic sight over the city ofOruro.
Written 3 December 2018
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Loeloeroos
Wageningen, The Netherlands13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
The church is a very nice an modern church. In the back there is a corner dedicated to the people working in the mining industry. The museum is nice but not very large. You go down in a small hallway where you can ask questions and that's it. But it is nice to have seen it.
Written 30 March 2016
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Salitre30
Madrid119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Solo
The tunnel below the church is a must seen in Oruro. Inside the church I would also recommend the paintings specially the one at the rear end.
Written 10 March 2016
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Lech B.Kowalski, LLM
Warsaw, Poland331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
We have made a good decision to visit El Socavon. First it is
a nice view for Oruro from the terrace of Sanctuary. Then it is an
interesting walk for 40 minutes in underground historical corridor.
Written 10 March 2016
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Abraham M
34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Oruro is a small town, however, it receives thousands of visitors during Carnival celebration. One of the most important places during those days is the Socavon Sanctuary where the Socavon VIrgin image is located. You can also visit two museums right there and enjoy an amazing view of the city. If you can climb a near hill you will reach the Virgin's hugh monument. It is worth it!
Written 1 September 2015
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Silvaner
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Business
It´s a really intresting place. To see the conextion of andine culture and catholic believe. Also the mine is really intresting.
The guided tour is a bad joke. I never saw an dumbly guide in mi whole life.
Written 18 June 2014
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HermesTE
Leuven, Belgium14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Solo
Don't get your hopes up too much, it's not the biggest, it's not the most spectacular.... but it certainly is very beautiful!
The roof painting is amazing (a kind of blue sky with stars), the paintings on the walls are very interesting: mixture of catholic and Andean elements. It's built a little bit above the city so you have a modest view of the altiplano and Oruro centre, although the recent craze in building high can still ruin your vista.
It's build upon an old mine tunnel and you can visit a nice small mine museum with the entrance inside the church.
Written 4 February 2012
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