Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue

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.

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

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.

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

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.

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

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.

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

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.

Jesús de Tavarangue

Jesús de Tavarangue

For the Lego model I decided to built this tower from the Trinidad site:

Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

It is free standing and was apparently a belfry.

 

Lego Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

Lego Santísima Trinidad de Paraná

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Lego, UN World Heritage Site and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s