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Mission of San Miguel de Velasco

The Mission of San Miguel de Velasco, founded in 1721 by the Jesuit priests Francisco Hervás and Felipe Suarez, is an outstanding example of the architectural and cultural heritage of the Jesuit missions in Bolivia. Located in a privileged natural environment, surrounded by rivers and Chiquitano valleys, this mission stands out for its church, built between 1750 and 1760 according to the model of the architect Martin Schmid. The restoration carried out between 1979 and 1983 by the Franciscans, under the direction of the Swiss Hans Roth, has preserved the original characteristics of the Jesuit style. Its gilded altar and mural paintings are considered unique in the region and contribute to the uniqueness of this missionary complex.

In addition to its architectural value, San Miguel de Velasco plays an important role in the music route of Bolivia. As part of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this mission has been the scene of festivals and musical events that highlight the rich baroque tradition of the region. Music, along with other cultural manifestations, is an integral part of San Miguel’s heritage and attracts visitors interested in exploring both its architectural history and its vibrant music scene.


    • Address
      822J+V9M, San Miguel, Bolivia
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
    • What to see
      Jesuit church with unique paintings


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