Virgin Mary with Pierced Silver Heart - Potosí (Bolivia)
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.
Photos of interesting Christian Sacred Art that I stumbled upon.
Photos taken in Bolivia in February and March 2010.
Photos of Hearts as Love symbols.
For real hearts, check out my Meat Markets photo album.