Our Lady of Peace, 1548

High in the mountains that kiss the clouds, Spanish explorer Alonso de Mendoza founded the city of Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) on October 20, 1548.  The streets and plazas of the carefully planned colonial city are witnesses to a turbulent history, including the siege of the city by the Aymara nation in 1781 and the call for revolution against colonial Spain in 1809.  La Paz is now the capital city of Bolivia, with a population of about 880,000 wonderful people.  (Image by Mark Goble)