Although not far from my base in Posadas, these two missions are a couple of buses away across the river border in Paraguay. I had a bit of trouble at the Paraguayan entry point as the Argentinian exit stamp had the previous day’s date on it. They took my passport away for some time before telling me what the problem was and I did wonder if my name had appeared on a CIA watch list. But they let me in eventually and I was able to continue on the next bus to Encarnacion where I met a couple of other travellers on the bus out into the countryside, an English guy and a Swede, with whom I visited the two sites.
These missions are of the same type described in my last post with similar features. This site comprises two missions about 15km apart along with a church that remained unfinished and which we didn’t visit.
The first and more complete site is that of Trinidad and the church retains a lot of decorative stonework, including a pulpit and a marvellous frieze of musical angels in the chancel. When intact it must have been impressive.
This site was built in 1706 and UNESCO notes that is was the most ambitious of these Jesuit missions. Certainly the buildings to house the native population are more impressive than those at San Ignacio.
The site at Jesus has less to see, which was lucky as our taxi driver was not inclined to wait long and it started raining as we looked round. The church does still have some decoration and it has interestingly shaped arches in the façade.
For the Lego model I decided to built this tower from the Trinidad site:
It is free standing and was apparently a belfry.