la virgen del cerro - virgin mary as the cerro rico mountain - potosi (bolivia)

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la virgen del cerro - virgin mary as the cerro rico mountain - potosi (bolivia)

La Virgen del Cerro is a painting of the Virgin Mary represented as Potosi's Cerro Rico Mountain - Potosí (Bolivia)

The Cerro Rico is Potosí's iconic Cone-shaped mountain very rich in Silver ore.­

For more info about La Virgen del Cerro, read www.­bolivian.­com/­cnm/­lvcerro.­html.

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March 3, 2010
Route Quijarro, Potosi, Bolivia

Photos of interesting Christian Sacred Art that I stumbled upon.­

Casa de la Moneda - Potosí (Bolivia)

This is the old Spanish mint where the silver from the mines of Potosí was transformed into coins.­

The original minting machines are preserved in a near-perfect state.­ The oldest machines were made of huge wooden gears and powered by slaves or animals (depending on availability).­

Later they used steam-powered machines, but luckily they kept the old machines untouched (just in case!).­

This huge building is now a national museum.­

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Photos taken in Bolivia in February and March 2010.­

Related series:

- Uyuni Train Cemetery (Bolivia).

- Silver Mine - Potosí (Bolivia).

- Argentina.

- Chile.