In the 18th century, during the colonization process of Paraguay (and Brazil and Argentina), Jesuits found their way into this New World, and successfully established tens of missions in a region which is now Southern Paraguay, Northern Argentina and a small part of Western Brazil. In fact, they were so successful that the Spanish intervened and eventually put an end to their mission. What remains now are ruins, which have been declared World Heritage sites by Unesco: Trinidad and Jesús, near the town of Encarnación.
The bus dropped me off at a crossroads from where I walked along a red earth road, which crossed a small and peaceful village. Upon arrival at the entrance gate to the ruins, I found no-one there and actually had to sneak in through the fence. Soon enough I found myself marvelling at the ruins. Remains of Indian dwellings, a bell tower, cemetery, gardens and several churches. In many parts, I found intrically decorated art, the entire complex has been designed by an Italian artist. The inevitable wear and tear of time has done a thorough job to these ruins. They have certainly become very picturesque.
Personal travel impressions both in words and images from Trinidad Jesuit mission (Paraguay). Clicking on the pictures enlarges them and enables you to send the picture as a free e-card or download it for personal use, for instance, on your weblog. Or click on the map above to visit more places close to Trinidad Jesuit mission.
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