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Mission of Yotaú

The Yotaú Mission, founded in 1858 by Father Egidio Bosqui and moved in 1873 under its present name, is an important part of the Franciscan Missions in Guarayos, Bolivia. Located on a hill surrounded by forests, palm trees and hills, the town was founded with families from other Guarayo Reductions. Its church, built in 1917 and dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, is an outstanding architectural example with three naves and a main façade that includes a loggia and a bell tower. This church was declared Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Department in 2013. The Yotaú Mission is linked to the work of Father Bernardino Pesciotti, a Franciscan missionary who promoted evangelization and cultural diffusion in the region from 1894 until his death in 1920. Pesciotti was responsible for the creation and publication of Eco Guarayo, a monthly magazine that highlighted aspects of the region and had a national circulation, thus contributing to the preservation and diffusion of Guarayo culture. Yotaú is a point of interest on Bolivia’s Music Route, where history, architecture and culture intertwine to offer visitors a unique experience.


    • Address
      9, Yotaú, Bolivia
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Always open
    • What to see
      Mission church

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