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LA SANTÍSIMA TRINIDAD DE PARANÁ

LA SANTÍSIMA TRINIDAD DE PARANÁ
Trinidad, Paraguay
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BACKGROUND

La Santísima Trinidad, established in 1706 and completed in 1712, was one of the 30 missions established by the Jesuits in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries in what is now Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. These missions were designed to convert the indigenous Guaraní to Christianity and to manage Spanish economic interests in the region. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Despite its significance and recognition, the mission faced problems of structural instability and imminent collapse. In 2004, La Santísima Trinidad was included on the World Monuments Watch. With assistance from American Express, WMF contributed to the development of a site management plan and provided conservation training related to work at the site. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Jesuits transformed the architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the areas in South America in which they settled. La Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, the very last to be built, represents the most ambitious of their settlements. It was designed by the noted Jesuit architect Jean Bautista Primoli and is in a more complete state than many in the region.