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Guaraní Jesuit Mission of San Cosme and San Damiano

  • Address
    Julia M. Cuetto casi, Alberdi y, San Cosme y Damián, Paraguay
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • What to see
    Ancient Mission


The Mission of San Cosme and San Damiano – whose name pays tribute to two twin brothers and Christian doctors who were martyred in the 4th century in Sicily (Italy) – was founded by the Jesuit priest Adriano Formoso on January 25, 1632 in the mountains of Tape (current Brazil). It is a mission that underwent several displacements until in 1718 it was definitively located north of Paraná, where it is currently located (Itapúa, Paraguay).

Established in an area of hills, the San Cosme and San Damián Mission stands out for its well-preserved ruins, an imposing collection of images carved by Guaraníes and Jesuits, as well as a Jesuit school that has stood since that time and is representative of the rest of the reductions.

But at the same time this mission is recognized by the leading role of the Jesuit Buenaventura Suárez, who arrived at the place from Santa Fe (Argentina) in 1703 and began studies and work on astronomy, an aspect that also made him famous in Europe.

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