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Miní is located 230 mi (370 km) East of
Corrientes, Misiones Province in Argentina.
Miní is famous for ruins of the
Jesuit mission from the 17th century. Due to its historic importance
San Ignacio Miní was designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location: 230 mi (370 km) East of
Corrientes, Misiones Province
San Ignacio Miní is a historic archaeological site of a
former Roman Catholic mission established by the Jesuits in 1632. At
the time of its foundation San Ignacio Miní was part of the Spanish
Empire in the region known as the Province of Paraguay. Its name
"San Ignacio Miní" was meant to indicate its smaller size comparing
to another larger mission of San Ignacio Guazo (great in the local
Guarani Native American language). During its hey day in the 18th
century San Ignacio Miní was inhabited by over 3000 residents
including Spanish soldiers, priests, monks and large population of
the local native who converted to Christianity. After the
Suppression of the Society of Jesus (aka Jesuits) in 1767, the
mission of San Ignacio Miní was abandoned. Local hostile tribes
captured and burned down the mission in 1817 in a series of military
campaigns against perceived intruders.