1.         Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra SeƱora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) (Argentina,Brazil) (C 275bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1983

Criteria  (iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1988-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 50,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Tourism Pressure; Lack of capacity in conservation techniques, Lack of management mechanism (including legislation), Lack of presentation and interpretation, Lack of human or financial resources, Lack of institution co-ordination. 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

Following an interdisciplinary expert team mission organised in October 2002, UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund proposed a three-year capacity building programme for the ensemble of the Jesuit Missions. As a first key-component of this programme, a one-week training-workshop was held at the Jesuit Mission of Sao Miguel in Brazil in November 2003. The workshop was attended by more than fifty representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and a great number of experts that had been identified by the participating States Parties. The workshop was funded from the World Heritage Fund, the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust and contribution through the World Monuments Fund.


The workshop was interdisciplinary and addressed the following issues: research and documentation, archaeology, conservation, environment and landscape, public use and management. For each of the issues, the participants exchanged experiences and drafted action plans for implementation. Immediately after the workshop, a special training session took place, for a limited number of participants on the conservation of stone, which is a key-issue at all Jesuit Missions sites.


The second year of the programme will culminate in a training-workshop in Argentina, scheduled to take place in October-November 2004. This training-workshop will build upon the previous experiences and the work undertaken in the course of the year.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.107

The World Heritage Committee, 1. Takes note of the report on the implementation and results of the sub-regional capacity building programme for the conservation, management and sustainable development of the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranies (2003- 2005) (Decision 27 COM 7B.84).