Telma knows I collect cards from UNESCO sites and she did her best to find my bolivian missing sites. With the help of her friend, she got me this card of the Mission of Concepcion, one of the six Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
The six World Heritage Site settlements are located in the hot and semiarid lowlands of Santa Cruz Department of eastern Bolivia.
In this place Jesuit reductions (settlements of Christianized Indians) were settled in the second half of the XVII century (from 1691 until 1760). They remain in time as an extraordinary legacy because they are the only Jesuit missions in South America which were not destroyed after the Jesuits were expulsed from the Spanish colonies. They are not ruins but villages full of life, with people who still go to mass in the same majestic churches or to enjoy the same baroque music concerts, in the same way they used to do when the Jesuit ruled these missions three centuries ago.
Fotografia: Eric Bauer
Mission of Concepcion is a Jesuit baroque style church built between 1752 and 1753, restored and reopened in1982. It is built with 3 main structures, row of columns carved in wood, altars and paintings made by the local native people. This church is considered as the jewel of the region. - in: http://www.rutaverdebolivia.com/jesuit-missions-bolivia.php