A masterpiece of indigenous Baroque art, this colorful altar is interesting because it shows the interaction between the Jesuist and the indians. The whole mision was restored by the German architect Hans Roth using local craftsmen, creating a revival of local traditions and a qualified workforce. I visited some of the workshops in the mission of...more
Today San Xavier is a small and dusty town of 11,000 inhabitants and the first stop for the traveller who wants to make the Jesuitic Mission Circuit. So it´s a great place for hang out through the empty streets, or spend a nice afternoon in the park enjoying the Bolivian rural way of life.more
The Jesuist were very creative and proud of their music, thousands of original music pages were found in missions as in Concepcion. Actually a Baroque Music Festival that is performed in front of the missions is performed every two years. During my visit to the mission i could enjoy some of practices of the young local choir.more
The church has two chapels, a small one on the left and a bigger one on the right. If you enter from the courtyard you will find the right chapel. Beautifully decorated it´s connected to the main Altar through a door, and was used by the jesuist as a preparation room before the mass celebration. There are some statues of angels, and two arches that...more
The mission beautiful façade is decorated with architectural patterns, (is less coloristic that the one in Concepcion), but the paintings make a fantastic contrast. The roof is made of wood with some carving details and two big carved columns (each carved out of a single tree) supporting it. There are two arches protecting the façade, decorated in...more
Founded in 1691 by the Jesuit Missionaires Jose de Arce and Antonio de Rivas, it´s the oldest mission in the Chiquitania region. It was relocated after a bloody war between the Piñocas (a local tribe and the first inhabitants) and the Bandeirantes (Portugese slave traders. and setting into it´s present one in 1708. The mission has a beautiful...more
The town is located 137 miles (220 kms) from Santa Cruz, the road in these days are in bad condition so the journey can take almost four hours or more.
There are differents ways of transport: 1) The scheduled Big Bus, comfortable but very slow, it stops in every town or stops where a passanger is waiting. 2)The mini vans, faster, the only thing is that you have to wait until all the seats are taken, then the car leaves without any stop. 3)The taxi is another option but is quite expensive.