The House of Liberty in Sucre

The House of Liberty in Sucre

Simon Bolivar History Books

Most people don’t realize that Sucre is technically the capital of Bolivia. La Paz has become the country’s largest and most important city, but according to the Bolivian constitution, Sucre is still the official capital. And the Casa de la Libertad is the country’s most historically significant building.

Casa de La Libertad

Today, the Casa de la Libertad is home to a small but fascinating museum dedicated to the history of Bolivia. Sucre was the scene of Latin America’s first calls for independence, in 1809, but it wasn’t until 1825 that representatives from Bolivia’s various provinces would convene in the Casa de la Libertad for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As he was already president of Colombia, Simón Bolívar graciously turned down the presidency, but granted his name to the nascent country.

We took a short, English-language tour of the house, built in the 17th century as a Jesuit University. Some fascinating artifacts from Bolivia’s earliest days were on display: maps of the Spanish colonies, the armor of conquistadors, swords and, surprisingly, the original flag of Argentina. It had been discovered in Potosí, hidden safely behind a painting, and though its sentimental worth to Argentina is incalculable, Bolivia was allowed to keep it as a sign of friendship.

Besides the impressive main hall where the country’s early legislatures convened, our tour led us through rooms filled with paintings, a replica of the Declaration of Independence, a gigantic wooden bust of Simón Bolívar, and portraits of most of Bolivia’s 80 presidents. For anyone interested in the history of this fascinating country, a visit to the Casa de la Libertad is an obligatory stop during a trip to Sucre.

Location on our Bolivia Map

House of Freedom in Sucre
Constitution Bolivia
Gold Bolivia
Golden Seat
Sucre Bolivar
Sucre Logo
Rose Bolivia
Knight Sucre Bolivia
Baby Flower Boy
War Horn bolivia
Jauana Azurduy
Goldy Locks
First Flag Argentina
Bolivar Sucre
Bolivar Fashion
Bilivar Orden
Bolivar Head