Located in a wealthy neighborhood, this building is an ode to eccentricity and insulting wealth. It was originally the property of tin baron and mining entrepreneur Simon I. Patiño, and was built in French Renaissance style, with Carrara marble and impressive stained glass windows. Its gardens, inspired by Versailles in France, are further evidence of excess. If you arrive in Cochabamba after visiting the mines of Potosi, it will impress you even more. Now a cultural center is housed inside.