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Templo Misional and Museo Misional - Museum Concepción - Bolivia

The church and mission complex was built by Friar Martin Schmid between 1753-1756 and was the first of the missionary churches to receive the attention of Swiss architect Hans Roth, who began restoration in 1975. Six rows of columns hold up the impressive structure, which contains elaborately colorful decorations and a grand main altarpiece carved in wood and painted in gold. Its facade is painted with murals of angels, flowers and images of the Virgin Mary.

Next to the church, which is now known as the Catedral del Vicariato Apostólico de Ñuflo de Chávez, you can find the unique musical archives that house 5,500 musical scores from the Jesuit period. These historical manuscripts were written by European and indigenous composers in several languages, including Chiquitano, Guarani and Latin. The collection is gradually being classified and is unlike any other found in the Americas.

The Museo Cathedral (Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-midday, 2-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – midday, entry $2) has pictures of the church in the early 20th century and of the restoration process. There are also pieces from the old structure. From the museum, you can visit the large mission courtyard and the church itself.

The Museo Misional (Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-midday, 2-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – midday, entry $2) is also in the mission complex. Here you can find photos of the church in its original state and descriptions of the restoration and construction process for the churches throughout the Chiquitania. There’s a room dedicated to the architect behind it all, Hans Roth, and displays of original artifacts from the churches, such as altarpieces and ornaments. At the front there is a handicrafts store when you can buy local carvings and weavings.


Here are other activities in and around Concepción that may be of interest: Casa España and Museo Antropológico de la Chiquitania,

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