The City of Potosi rose to fame as the world’s largest industrial complex back in the 16th century. Being a hub for silver mining, this city held its rich status for quite a long time. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay

The City of Potosi is situated at the base of Cerro Rico mountains in southern Bolivia. The Cerro Rico mountains were laden with the largest silver deposit in the world. The discovery of silver in the Cerro Rico mountains paved way for the City of Potosi to become one of the wealthiest cities, thus significantly contributing to the global economy.

Recognising the mining potential, which contributed generously to the global economy, the City of Potosi was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. It was once the largest and richest city in the Americas.

Here are the three hidden gems in the City of Potosi, for you to explore:

1. Cerro Rico

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Jour 63 : Potosi est surtout connu pour sa montagne : la Cerro Rico qui a fait la gloire de la ville au XVIe siècle. Elle fut exploitée par les espagnols pour en extraire de l'argent. Aujourd'hui, elle est encore exploitée artisanalement dans des conditions de sécurité déplorable et menace de s'effondrer mettant en péril la vie des mineurs qui y travaillent. L'espérance de vie des mineurs tourne autour de 40 ans et les accidents y sont fréquents… Nous avons lu énormément de choses sur cette mine et sur l'exploitation des mineurs, et avons décidé de ne pas aller la visiter afin de ne pas participer à ce genre de tourisme… #cerrorico #mine #potosi #bolivia #bolivie #tourdumonde #tdm #roadtrip #adventure #instatravel #travel #aroundtheworld #worldtour #trip #worltrip #globetrotter #backpackers #voyage #nature #paysage #explore #decouverte

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The Cerro Rico mountains, blessed as they were with a huge silver deposit, stood as a source of income for the Spanish people back in the colonial era. But, improper malpractices had placed this site under the radar today. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the Cerra Rico mine and get a vision into the life of miners back in the 16th century.

2. The Casa de la Moneda de Bolivia

It is the national mint of Bolivia located in the centre of the city. This building had multiple purposes back in the 16th century. Not only was it used as a mint, but also had a prison, a fortress and the base of the army. Now, it is a museum exhibiting various artefacts of the colonial era. It has exhibits on silver and gold coins, the colonial paintings and religious art.

3. The Santa Teresa Convent

This structure was built in 1685 and today is home for the Carmelite nuns. Visitors can participate in guided tours and learn about the history of the sculptures and paintings inside the convent. The building also houses a collection of organs and other musical instruments, a room full of keys and locks, room full of sculptures of Christ at the crucifixion.

How to get to the City of Potosi?

San Luis Potosi airport gets lots of international flights. Tourists can get to the City of Potosi by hopping onto any flight as per their convenience. There are many flights directed from major Indian cities to Potosi on a regular basis. Tourists can avail car services from the airport to reach to various destinations.

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