Welcome to San Miguel de Velasco


Although not designed by Martin Schmidt, the church does reflect his influence and is often considered the most beautiful of Bolivia’s Jesuit missions. A unique feature of San Miguel is the presence of no fewer than seven bells in the bell tower. When rung in combination they transmit a complicated code language to the populace. The largest bell rung in tandem with two others signals the departure of a dignitary, rung alone it’s the baptism of a child, while a special bell calls the faithful to prayer. You might want to pray that you never hear the smallest bell in tandem with a medium-sized bell; it means a child has died.


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