Iglesia de San Xavier

Santa Cruz & Gran Chiquitania

Swiss priest Martin Schmidt designed the present church, which was constructed between 1749 and 1752. Restoration work was completed in 1992 to beautiful effect, and the newly restored building manages to appear pleasantly old and authentic. The beguiling whitewashed interior is distinct from other missions on the circuit. Outside mass times, access to the church is via the Museo Misional next door.

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1. Museo Misional

0.02 MILES

Adjacent to the church is this interesting little museum outlining the history of the Chiquitos people and the missions. There is also a small gift shop…

2. Museo Casa Natal German Busch

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This is the one-time home of the former president and Chaco War hero German Busch, who died in mysterious circumstances aged 35. There is a bit of clutter…