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Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria la Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)*
UNESCO World Heritage Site
State Party  Argentina and  Brazil
Type Cultural
Criteria iv
Reference 275-291
Region** Latin America and the Caribbean
Inscription history
Inscription 1983  (7th Session)
Extensions 1984
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

Reducción de Nuestra Señora de Loreto (Reduction of Our Lady of Laurel) was one of the many missions or reductions founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits in the Americas during the Spanish colonial period.

The ruins of the Jesuit reduction founded in 1610 are located in the Candelaria Department of the Misiones Province, Argentina, at approximate coordinates 27°30′S 55°32′W / 27.5°S 55.533°W / -27.5; -55.533.

They were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, together with other reductions in the area. The ruins have been taken over by vegetation, and are not as well preserved as those of San Ignacio Miní, also in Misiones.


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