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    (October 20, 1548- )
    Founded by conquistador Alonso de Mendoza
    Full name is Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace)
    Seat of government of Bolivia
    Population: 789,541 (2015 estimate)
    Third-largest city in Bolivia
    With El Alto and Vlacha, forms the largest metropolitan area in Bolivia (population: 2.3 million)
    Elevation: 11,795 feet above sea level
    Highest capital city of an independent nation
    It was besieged for six months by indigenous Aymara led by Tupac Katari (1781).
    It splits capital city duties with Sucre. (The executive and legislative are located in La Paz, the judiciary in Sucre.)
    The Presidential residence is known as Palacio Quemado (Burnt Palace) because it was set on fire during an 1875 revolt.
    President Gualberto Villarroel was killed when a mob stormed the Palacio Quemado and hanged him from a lamppost (July 21, 1946).
    Despite being only sixteen degrees from the equator, the altitude results in temperatures similar to those of Bergen, Norway.
    Heavy rainfalls often result in destructive mudslides during summer.
    A revolt here led by Pedro Domingo Murillo is considered the start of the Spanish America Wars of Independence (July 16, 1809).
    It is home to the largest cable car network in the world.
    National Geographic Travel named it one of the top ten world cities for nightlife (2016).
    There is relatively little risk of fire damage due to the thin atmosphere.
    Its witches markets can fulfill all your llama placenta requirements.

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