Ruins of Jesús de Tavarangue
Jesús de Tavarangue was a Jesuit Reduction located in what is now Itapua, Paraguay. The ruins of the mission, together with those of Trinidad were designated a UN World Heritage Site designated in 1993.
The Reducción de Jesús was initially founded in what is now Alto Parana in 1685 near the Monday river. The mission was relocated several times before arriving in its current location in 1760. Construction of the mission was not completed by the time the Jesuit order was expelled from Paraguay in 1767. The massive mission church was being built as a replica of the Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Italy. It would have been one of the biggest churches of that time, with a central structure of 70 by 24 metres (230 by 79 ft).
Visiting the ruins
Route No. 6 from Encarnación passes between the ruins of Jesus and Trinidad. Signs mark entrances to both sites. Access to the ruins of the ruins Jesús de Tavarangue is a paved road about 100m from the entrance to Trinidad at “km 31” from Encarncación.
- González Torres, Dionisio (2010). Origen e Hisoria de lo pueblos del Paraguay. Asuncion, Paraguay: Servilibro.
- Jesuit Reductions
- Spanish missions in South America
- La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná
- Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue
- History of Paraguay
- Guarani people