Nowadays the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo is at one side a national monument and at the other hand it is still a well-known school for agriculture and while we were walking around the mission we saw quite a lot of pupils of all ages there, a part of them was riding on horses close to the school and we could hear some others in the classrooms....more
When walking around the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo you will see a lot of whalebones in the grass and also inside of the museum you will be able to learn a lot about animals of that part of the world and you will be able to see a large collection of sea-shells, bugs and other insects, butterflies, plenty of different species of penguins etc....more
This building was the very first house that was built by the Salesianer monks for the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo at the end of the 19th century. You are not allowed to enter the building and a chain had blocked also the pedestrian path to the building, so I was not even able to take a look through the windows... ;-((more
The locomovils were steam-powered vehicles, that were used partly like tracktors and partly also at the farm, where all sorts of machineries were powered that way. You will see 2 locomovils displayed in the garden of Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo and when you get to Ushuaia,you will find another locomovil inside the innercourt of the...more
You will see this in many places in Tierra del Fuego / Fireland :cars and other machineries are standing somewhere, rusting but not thrown away. There are several reasons for that, first of all, iron is not rusting as fast as in other parts of the world and another reason might be, that once such a machinery was taken to the end of the world with a...more
Dont miss to take a look inside the small church of the mission, it dates back to the year 1898 and it has an interesting interior. You can enter it freely and without restrictions, you just have to find the right entrance of the long fence that was built around the church.This entrance is also the only way to get close to the argicultural...more
In front of the museum you will find this reconstruction of a traditional "house" of the native people of tierra del Fuego / Fireland. Several trunks of trees are set togeather, it has an opening at one side and moss did cover it on the bottom.Just imagine that these people never stayed for long at a single spot, but were nomades, and despite the...more
The Museo Monsenor Fagnano also shows a lot of exhibits about the work of the Salesianer-monks, they first built a church and a school and tried to educate the local people how to make better agriculture and still today they have their school for agriculture there. The collections of the museum were certainly always also used for teaching, partly...more
Museo Monsenor Fagnano is the name of the interesting museum is one of the side-buildings of the mission. You will find a lot of exhibits about the 4 native tribes, who where living in Fireland, when the monks of Don Bosco had arrived. These tribes were water-nomads, travelling from one place to the other and they were dressed only with thin furs...more
Along the Panamericana highway / N3 you will find a tearoom / cafe with an entrance to the road, but it was built on the grounds of the mission. I did not go there, but saw quite a lot of cars in front of it and I mention it here, because this will be the only cafe or restaurant in that area ! We had bought some picknick-lunch in the supermarket and ate that opposite of the entrance to the mission, at a parkinglot.
In order to get to the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo you have to drive along the N3, the Transamericana - highway to the north of Rio Grande.
Be careful, when coming from the south, you will find an extra side-street like shown in my 2nd photo :It is the best way to drive to the mission, so you dont block the road, while waiting for your turn to turn left with oncoming cars. This place is also good to park some time, we had our picknick-lunch there, but when visiting the mission it is better to drive inside !
b.t.w. : Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo is 3 min drive from Rio Grande a bit more than 2-3 hours is the minimum drivingtime from Ushuaia, it all depends, wether you obey the trafic-signs and speed-restrictions.
Super Gasoline and Diesel are both about the same price in Fireland : 0,55 euro per litre !
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