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People walk in front of the first church that Father Sebastian Obermaier built in El Alto, Bolivia. a town he has lived in for 27 years . "I don't feel Bolivian, I feel Aymara" he says, referring to the Aymara indigenous population that makes up more than 80% of El Alto. Father Obermaier has been designing and building churches in El Alto for the past 10 years, with a goal of building one church for every 10,000 inhabitants of the city, which currently has nearly 700,000 people living in it. Everyone that visits Bolivia can see his numerous churches from the window of their airplane as it lands in El Alto. The churches are marked by a style unique to Father Obermaier, that mixes indigenous symbols with tall towers and bright colors, that leave every church looking different, as if they were straight out of a children's pop-up book.
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