The colonial-era house of worship known in Bolivia as the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes” was filled with flowers over the weekend for those celebrating two weddings and seven baptisms on the windswept mountain plateau.

Although a far cry from the original Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, the colorful paintings that decorate the inside of this small church make it a popular choice for special religious services.

Built in 1608 to evangelize indigenous Bolivians into the Roman Catholic faith, the chapel these days attracts both the faithful and tourists who travel about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south from the capital of La Paz to reach the site in the town Curahuara de Carangas, in Oruro department.

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