Ruinas de Jesús, Encarnacion

World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
The red brick walls and columns at Ruinas de Jesús once belonged to a 17th-century Jesuit mission, and today remain as a World Heritage Site. The ruins include a church, a school, a major square, and lodgings for orphans and widows known as the Great House. Jesuits started to build the church, which was to be one of the largest in the area, in 1756, but had to abandon it when they were expelled from the country ten years later. Visit the museum to learn more about the history of the place. Put Ruinas de Jesús and other Encarnacion attractions into our Encarnacion trip itinerary planning tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Amazing place. History of South America meeting the Jesuits. They built Utopia here and it worked... till they ve been expulsed... Beware of the heat  more »
  • What the Jesuits sought to do was rather altruistic. There was no gold or silver in Paraguay, perhaps accounting for the willingness of Spain to give huge tracts of land to the Jesuits for their...  more »

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