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Mission of San José de Chiquitos

The Mission of San José de Chiquitos, founded in 1697 by Fathers Felipe Suárez and Dionisio de Ávila, is an architectural and cultural treasure of the Chiquitos region of Bolivia. It stands out as the only mission complex built in stone, with a style reminiscent of the missions of Paraguay and northern Argentina. Its majestic façade houses a harmonious ensemble that includes the Mortuary Chapel, the Temple, the Tower and the Vault or Missionary College, built with the participation of about 5,000 indigenous people. In addition, the Mission Museum of San José de Chiquitos houses impressive restored mural paintings, some dating back to 1754, which re-create significant historical moments and provide a unique window into the history and culture of the region.

This mission complex, flanked by mountain ranges to the east and south, is not only a testimony to the evangelizing work of the Jesuits, but also an important stop on Bolivia’s Music Route. The mural paintings and the design of the museum provide clues to the interpretation and contextualization of the role played by San José de Chiquitos in the cultural development of the region. In addition, its strategic location and historical importance make it a must-visit destination for those interested in exploring Bolivia’s rich musical and cultural heritage.


    • Address
      5735+QCC, 34, San José de Chiquitos, Bolivia
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Everyday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
    • What to see
      Unique missionary complex built in stone by the natives themselves

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