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Mission of Salvatierra

The Salvatierra Mission, originally conceived as a mission of the Sirionós and now part of the Guarayo people, was founded in 1940 by Father Jucundo Janocskó, a Hungarian priest. Located on the banks of the Negro River, the mission began with a small school, a chapel dedicated to the Good Shepherd and a house for the missionaries. In 2009, a new church was inaugurated in Salvatierra, designed by the architect Hans Roth and blessed by the Vicar Apostolic of Ñuflo de Chávez, Bishop Antonio Reimann, OFM.

The Mission of Salvatierra, 20 km from Urubichá, is part of the history of the Franciscan missions in Guarayos. Since its foundation, the Franciscans have worked to evangelize the region, promoting the Catholic faith and fraternity with the indigenous people. Over the years, they have built churches, houses for religious and promoted education in the community.

Salvatierra is an important stop on the Bolivian Music Route, which includes towns such as Ascensión de Guarayos, Yaguarú, Urubichá, Yotaú and San Pablo. In 2015, the Departmental Assembly of the Departmental Autonomous Government of Santa Cruz approved Law 108, declaring the Franciscan Missions of Guarayos to be tangible and intangible cultural heritage. This measure aims to preserve and maintain the mission temples and other places of tourist interest in the region.


    • Address
      20 miles from Urubichá, Bolivia
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Always open
    • What to see
      Mission in the rainforest

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