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Church of San Buenaventura (Iglesia de San Buenaventura), Yaguarón.

A tribute to evangelism

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Church of San Buenaventura (Iglesia de San Buenaventura), Yaguarón.

A tribute to evangelism

To visit this landmark historical monument you will need to travel 48 kilometres from Asunción to the town of Yaguarón, named after the giant jaguar that dominated these lands many years ago. Amongst the architectural wealth of the place, as well as colonial buildings, you will find the Church of San Buenaventura, a small Franciscan parish church that began evangelising to the Guaraní in 1600, led by Friar Alonso de Buenaventura. Curiously, the church of St. Buenaventura, which was completed in the eighteenth century, has withstood the test of time with almost all its original materials intact: lapacho wood and the vaulted coffered ceiling with striking Hispano-Guaraní decoration. As with all Franciscan architecture, there is a striking contrast between its simple exterior and the magnificent works of art inside, including altars with gold leaf and wooden slats hand carved by local people.



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