Monday, December 07, 2009

Jesuit Mission Ruins in Paraguay

Here are a few photos I took of our visit at LaTrinidad, a ruin of the once magnificent Jesuit mission. This mission is one of over 30 which were peopled by the Guarani indians under the supervision and education of the Jesuit priests. The level of civilization they acquired in a matter of decades makes one contemplate what they might have accomplished had the Spanish Crown allowed them to continue in their path of progress rather than expel the priests which led to the decline and abandonment of the cities due to the raids of the Brazilians and Spaniards looking for treasure and slaves. These abuses led the Guarani to return to their nomadic lifestyle and return to a primitive life in the jungle.

The church at La Trinidad

Some of the beautiful stone work

When I look at the tool marks left on the stone by the Guarani  man who shaped it,
I feel a great  sense of pride at what these indians managed to accomplish here
 and sadness that they were not allowed to contiue to do so.

The Bell Tower

Looking down  from the Bell Tower towards the remains
 of one of the indian housing complexes and the church yard.

Over 5000 Guarani lived and worked here at The Trinidad with several thousand more spread out caring for the cattle and crops. At Trinidad they also manufactured  iron weapons on their own.


julie said...

It was a beautiful place. It's amazing what people can accomplish when they're given real options about how to live their lives.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures!

Brenda said...

I've been here twice and find it absolutely fascinating.

Pam said...

How beautiful! You know, I think I watched a movie about this place! The title was "The Mission" and if I remember correctly, Robert DiNero starred in it. I need to find that movie to watch it again.

Betty said...

Great pictures. I´ve been there a few times and every time it´s interesting and I learn something new.

Anonymous said...

Traveling is tough work. I envy you seeing new things, but I think it would wear me out to travel so much today.

Brooke said...

WOW. What more can you say?

GutsyWriter said...

I love the clarity of the stone with the tool markings. Reminds me of my last visit to some Mayan ruins.
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Kathy said...

Beautiful! I can't wait until we get the chance to go!!! Did you find a nice place to stay?

Z said...

amazing shots..I've never been to S America, though Mr. Z practically lived in Caracas years ago and traveled widely throughout the region with the 'wrong wife':-)

Thanks for a glimpse into something so different and so special!

Thursday's Child said...

Yes, it was The Mission and Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, and young Liam Neeson.

I love that movie. It is soooo good.