Jesuits

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Ruins.

Back in Argentina, and heading north to the Iguazu waterfalls, we stopped for a couple of days in Posadas. Posadas is a nice sized city on the river across from Paraguay, an hour's bus ride away from the village of San Ignacio and some of the best preserved Jesuit mission ruins in South America. The Jesuits were pretty big in these parts back in the 17th and 18th centuries, and built big walled missions to house those of the indigenous population who converted to Catholicism. The Jesuits were then expelled from South America in the 18th century by the Spanish due to their growing power base, and the missions were destroyed in numerous skirmishes between the South American countries in the 19th century.

 

So, history lesson over, your multiple choice questions are... not really! We enjoyed wandering around the ruins and stayed until the evening for the �light and sound espectacular!� which involved tramping around the mission in the dark to different locations where film would be projected onto misted water, telling a highly sanitised story of a typical indigenous person's life in the mission. There was also a particularly fun bit where they lit up all the walls in different colours in time to music.

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