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Jesuit Mission complex - Historical Building San José de Chiquitos - Bolivia

The striking mission complex, the only one constructed in stone, takes up one whole side of the main plaza and consists of the mortuary chapel, the church, the bell tower and the school. The complex was completed between 1747 and 1754 in a Baroque style, and was built in adobe and stone due to the lack of wood in the area. The mortuary chapel is now closed but you should be able to go inside the church – if you ask, you might be able to visit the other parts of the complex too. All the buildings are set around a sunny courtyard. The carvings inside the church are simpler than in the other mission churches, but the golden stone facades on the mission buildings are truly unique. A music school is now resident in the complex, so you’re likely to have some calming Baroque music accompany you as you tour the site.

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