Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: 
San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto 
and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), 
Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) (1983, 1984)
Argentina

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The ruins of São Miguel das Missões in Brazil, and those of San Ignacio Miní, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa María la Mayor in Argentina, lie at the heart of a tropical forest. 

They are the impressive remains of five Jesuit missions, built in the land of the Guaranis during the 17th and 18th centuries. Each is characterized by a specific layout and a different state of conservation. 

  • Argentina 1998. Ruins of the Jesuit San Ignacio Mini. 

Argentina 1998. Ruins of the Jesuit San Ignacio Mini.

The Vatican 1946. St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). Founder of the Society of Jesus.

Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, is a religious order of men in the Roman Catholic church, founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 and confirmed by Pope Paul III in 1540. The motto of the order is Ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin for “to the greater glory of God”), and its object is the spread of the church by preaching and teaching or the fulfillment of whatever else is judged the most urgent need of the church at the time. 

Education has been its chief activity almost from the outset, and it has made notable contributions to scholarship in both theology and the secular disciplines. 

  • The Vatican 1946. St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). Founder of the Society of Jesus. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.

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