Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos, Concepcion

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The Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos are located in Santa Cruz department in eastern Bolivia. Six of these former missions (all now secular municipalities) collectively were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. Distinguished by a unique fusion of European and Amerindian cultural influences, the missions were founded as reductions or reducciones de indios by Jesuits in the 17th and 18th centuries to convert local tribes to Christianity.The interior region bordering Spanish and Portuguese territories in South America was largely unexplored at the end of the 17th century. Dispatched by the Spanish Crown, Jesuits explored and founded eleven settlements in 76 years in the remote Chiquitania – then known as Chiquitos – on the frontier of Spanish America. They built churches (templos) in a unique and distinct style that combined elements of native and European architecture. The indigenous inhabitants of the missions were taught European music as a means of conversion. The missions were self-sufficient, with thriving economies, and virtually autonomous from the Spanish crown.After the expulsion of the Jesuit order from Spanish territories in 1767, most Jesuit reductions in South America were abandoned and fell into ruins. The former Jesuit missions of Chiquitos are unique because these settlements and their associated culture have survived largely intact.
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  • Spectacular Missional Church. The place is very cute and very interesting Museum. The building of the City Hall is also very scenic, such as many of the colonial-style homes.
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  • The missionary is beautiful, Church is spectacular, the work of the carvers was magnificent and is relatively well preserved. Listen to the Missional Baroque music is a plus that is worthwhile, to therefore visit this church or the others that make up the missionary circuit in the Baroque Music Festival season and missionary is spectacular and highly recommended. I would again thousand times!!
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  • As time travel. Milton Villavicencio guide was a luxury that we had, because the participated in the restoration of these missions. It is worth visiting them.
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