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    some old trees

    by mindcrime Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    For some strange reason I spent a lot of time admiring the trees around the ruins... some of them were old some of them just beautiful… A lot of yerba mate also everywhere…. In general lots of photo opportunities here.

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    San Ignacio Ruins

    by barryg23 Written Sep 12, 2008

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    The ruins of the mission are atmospheric and evocative, with the striking red buildings blending in well against the surrounding green grass (there's a lot of rain here, or there was plenty at least when we visited).

    Without a guide to explain the history to us, we could only wander around the ruined buildings and wonder about their history. Most of the buildings are in a poor state thanks to centuries of neglect, but some, such as the front of the church with it's impressive facade, look very romantic in their ruined state. There is impressive Guarani artwork on some of the buildings, demonstrating a nice mix of European and Indigenous styles.

    We spent an hour exploring the ruins, which are spread out over a large area, giving you an idea of just how big the mission must have been. The ruins are often busy with tour groups but it's easy find quiet spots in such a large sight.

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    Jesuit-Guarani Interpretative Centre

    by barryg23 Written Sep 12, 2008

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    The Jesuit-Guarani Interpretative Centre (to give it it's full name) is basically a museum of the ruins, which you can visit with the ticket for the ruins. It contains an informative model showing how the ruins looked in the 18th century before they fell into ruin. There are also interesting exhibits on the Jesuits and on Guarani people and culture.

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    the main gate of the church

    by mindcrime Written Apr 19, 2008

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    The main gate was the gate of the church and it’s impressive because of the strange sculptures on it, the angels etc The interior of the church is under construction. This building was the biggest one, most of the other building are the houses that were small enough, just a room most of the times.

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    the ruins

    by mindcrime Written Apr 19, 2008

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    After the museum you can walk (there is a guide every 30’ but only in Spanish) inside the town, see the ruins, the walls, feel the atmosphere etc Its better to read first some things about the place because otherwise you will just walk among the ruins taking photos without any reason…

    I was impressed about this strange experiment that the Jesuits done using propaganda and arts that the natives like (painting and music) so to be easier for them to change… I visited the ruins in early April and the sun was the real enemy there so wear a hat because every building is open air building (without roof) :) After a while I got bored of the guide (I have already read about the place) so I started walk on my own in the ruins trying to imagine the people and their life there...

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    the museum

    by mindcrime Written Apr 19, 2008

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    The entrance fee for the ruins is 12pesos(2,2euros) includes the museum that is next to the main gate. It’s small (no more than 15’ to walk around and read the info signs) but you have a first impression about Guarani’s life, there is a scale model of the town etc There is a 5’ video about Guarani and also some audio sables of that era (music etc)

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    Ruinas Jesuíticas

    by lucasfashion83 Written Aug 28, 2007
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    Específicamente lo que se puede hacer en este lugar es visitar las ruinas de lo que en algún momento, hace muchos años, fue donde se asentaron los misioneros jesuitas.
    Es un lugar muy lindo y bastante grande, hay sombras de árboles frutales autóctonos y se respira paz.
    Muchos puestitos para comprar artesanías.
    Recomiendo llevar mucha agua, no es un lugar costoso y se puede almorzar en algún "restorán" de por ahí.

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    Monogamy

    by andal13 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    Hippocampus

    The natives practiced the polygamy; the Jesuits, of course, preached (and imposed) the monogamy... Everywhere at the ruins you will see sculptures of hippocampus, the symbol of faithfulness.
    I do not know if these sculptures were successfull... especially if we consider the Guarani people had hardly met a hippocampus in the jungle!

    Los nativos practicaban la poligania; los jesuitas, como es natural, predicaron (e impusieron) la monogamia... Por todas partes en las ruinas se ven esculturas de hipocampos, el símbolo de la fidelidad.
    No sé qué tan exitosas resultaron estas esculturas, especialmente si tenemos en cuenta que los guaraníes difícilmente vieron alguna vez un hipocampo en la selva!

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    Just for me!

    by andal13 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    Natives' houses

    The natives' houses were separated, depending on the marital status: for families, for single men and for widowed women; all the houses were low, because the natives were really short... Actually, I think they were normal size... just like me!

    Las casas de los nativos estaban separadas según el estado civil: para familias, para solteros y para viudas; todas las viviendas era bajas, porque los nativos eran muy bajitos... En realidad, creo que eran de altura normal... como yo!

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    The houses

    by andal13 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    The houses

    The first constructions you find as you come into the ruins are the natives' houses... or what still remains of them. Each family had its own house, what actually was a single room, with one door and one window; the doors were not made of wood, but leather; the natives used to sleep in hammocks. The Jesuits tried to accustom the natives to the Spaniard way of life, but did it gradually.

    Las primeras construcciones que se encuentran al ingresar a las ruinas son las viviendas de los nativos... o lo que queda de ellas. Cada familia tenía su propia casa, que en realidad era una única habitación, con una puerta y una ventana; las puertas no eran de madera, sino de cuero; los nativos dormían en hamacas. Los jesuitas intentaron habituar a los nativos al estilo de vida español, pero lo fueron haciendo en forma gradual.

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    The school

    by andal13 Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Look at the floor!

    The Jesuits gave an important place to education, so the mission had a school for the natives, where they learnt to read and write Guarani, Latin and Spanish; the classrooms had different floors, depending on the school grade.

    Los jesuitas dieron gran importancia a la educación, por lo tanto la misión tenía una escuela para los nativos, en donde aprendían a leer y escribir en guaraní, latín y español; las aulas tenían suelos diferentes, según fuera el grado escolar.

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    The kitchen

    by andal13 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    The kitchen

    Of course, there was not only a church in the mission, but a whole small town; the picture shows the kitchen, where there is a particular cellar which was used as a natural fridge!

    Claro está, no sólo había una iglesia en la misión, sino un pueblito completo; la foto muestra la cocina, en donde hay un particular sótano que era utilizado como heladera!

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    The roof

    by andal13 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    Where's the roof?

    There is not roof at the ruins; the mission was burnt down in 1817 during a war, so the roof of the church (which was made of wood) did not "survive".
    The roof was held by high pillars (the picture shows the place where one pillar was situated); the walls of the church were 6 m (6.56 yards) high and 1,80 m (1.97 yards) wide; now just the sky is above the visitors.

    No hay techo en las ruinas; la misión fue incendiada en 1817 durante una guerra, por lo que el techo de la iglesia (que era de madera) no "sobrevivió".
    El techo era sostenido por altos pilares (la foto muestra el sitio en donde se ubicaba uno de ellos); los muros de la iglesia tenían 6 m de altura y 1,80 de grosor; en la actualidadd, sólo el cielo cubre a los visitantes.

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    The main gate

    by andal13 Written Jun 21, 2004

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    Guardian angel

    Probably the most impressive building of the architetectural collection is the church; its construction took 36 years, and it was built of stones brought from the river. The roof was very high because the heat (nowadays there is no roof at all, so the heat is terrible!); it was built by Spaniards and Guaranies: the main gate has two angels, one each side, and one has Spaniard features and the other one, native features!

    Probablemente, el edificio más imponente del conjunto arquitectónico sea la iglesia; su contrucción llevó 36 años, y fue realizada con piedras del río. Los techos eran altos debido al calor (hoy día no hay techo, por lo que el calor es tremendo!); fue construida por españoles y guaraníes: la entrada principal tiene dos ángeles, uno a cada lado, y uno tiene rasgos españoles y el otro nativos!

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    The Museum

    by andal13 Written Jun 19, 2004

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    Museum

    The visit to the ruins begins at the Museum, situated at the main gate; there you can see the reconstruction of guarani life, the Spaniard conquest and the Missions (a scale model of the ruins let you understand the historical buildings).
    The entrance fee is about 0.80 US dollars (guided visist is not included).

    La visita a las ruinas comienza en el museo, situado en la entrada principal; allí verán la reconstrucción de la vida de los guaraníes, la conquista española y las Misiones (una maqueta permite comprender la disposición de los edificios históricos).
    El costo de la entrada es de unos 80 centavos de dólar (la visita guiada no está incluida).

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