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Cochabamba, Bolivia

Panoramic view of Cochabamba from the Cristo del Concordia. Photo Creative Commons License Lucas.

Founded by the Spanish in 1574, Cochabamba is a city of 600,000 people at a lofty height of 7,400 feet (2258m). More lively and progressive than most high-altitude Bolivian cities, Cochabamba is mainly visited for its fertile landscape and the powerful brew known as chicha cochabambina. But Cochabamba is also home to several notable religious sites, including a miraculous weeping statue of Christ, a Mormon temple and a colossal statue of Christ that stands taller than the more famous one in Brazil.


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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Cochabamba

  • Christ of the Tears
    Since 1995, a small statue of Christ has wept bloody tears on Good Friday. A number of investigations have been carried out, and the phenomenon remains unexplained. You can even watch a video of the event.
  • Cristo de la Concordia
    Just a few centimeters higher than Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba is believed to be the largest statue of Christ in the world.
  • Cochabamba Bolivia Temple
    Consecrated in 2000, this is one of several LDS temples dotted throughout South America. Only Mormons with an official temple recommend may enter.