Catedral de Concepción

Santa Cruz & Gran Chiquitania

Built in 1709, the elaborately restored cathedral on the east of the plaza has an overhanging roof supported by 121 huge tree-trunk columns and a similar bell tower. It is decorated with golden baroque designs depicting flowers, angels and the Holy Virgin. Outside mass times, access to the church is via a small museum, which displays interesting historical photos of the church before and after it was restored in the 1970s.

If the church museum is closed, ask at the Museo Misional across the square; the same person is responsible for both.

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1. Museo Misional

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Intricate art-restoration work is performed in the Museo Misional on the south side of the plaza which, apart from being the birthplace of the former…

2. Restoration Workshops


Architecture aficionados should visit the restoration workshops behind the church, where many of the fine replicas and restored artworks are crafted.