This is a shot of the courtyard at the University of Saint Francis Xavier in Sucre, Bolivia, the second oldest university in the Americas. It was taken three years ago today, as good a reason as any to give it pride of place as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 821st (!!) straight.
A little rough around the edges, it’s nonetheless a beautiful building. I posted a gallery of images from the university during my three week stay in Sucre where I noted, among other things for the St. Francis-curious:
Saint Francis Xavier –its official name is The Royal and Pontificial Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca– was founded in 1624; in the western hemisphere only the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, chartered in 1551, is older. By comparison, Harvard, the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S., was established in 1636.
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