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San Ignacio Mini

San Ignacio, Mnes., Argentina

About San Ignacio Mini

San Ignacio Mini in Argentina is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally founded in approximately 1611, San Ignacio Mini formed part of a series of Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis established by the Society of Jesus or ‘Jesuits’. Many similar Jesuit missions were scattered across Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

The San Ignacio Mini mission originated in Guayra, moving many times due to ongoing attacks by Portuguese slave hunters and finally settling in San Ignacio Mini in around 1696. In 1733, the mission had 4,500 inhabitants. However, it continued to come under attack and, in 1767, the Jesuits left San Ignacio Mini, which was destroyed a year later as part of the campaign to suppress the Society of Jesus initiated by Pope Clement XIV.

Despite this, the ruins of San Ignacio Mini are some of the most well-preserved of the Jesuit Missions in South America and a popular tourist destination. They include a magnificent entrance, a church, a cemetery, a school, a large central square and approximately thirty houses of its original residents as well as several other original buildings.