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Loreto

The central square of the Pueblo Mágico de Loreto is guarded by the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, built by Jesuits in 1697 and one of ten of the Ruta de las Misiones de Baja California Sur (Baja California Sur Missions Route), which goes from San Ignacio to Los Cabos.

The mission of Loreto is the mother of all the others—commanded by Friar Juan María de Salvatierra, Jesuits began the evangelization and colonization of the Californias from here. Inside, the temple preserves its cedar-beamed ceilings, the choir balcony and an altarpiece covered with gold leaf.

The space also houses the Museo de las Misiones (Missions’ Museum), with around 300 pieces, including archaeological remains and 17th and 18th centuries sacred art. Old documents stand out, such as the Historical Catechism printed in 1681 and the Book of Commentaries of the ecclesiastic of 1701 as well as a bell that fell into the sea and was rescued and restored a hundred years later.

35 kilometers from Loreto is another mission, located in the ravines of Sierra La Giganta—San Javier de Viggé-Blaundó. It’s one of the best preserved and with a baroque altarpiece. In addition, it’s surrounded by fields of ancient olive trees (some from the 18th century), where vegetables and fruit trees are grown.
The central square of the Pueblo Mágico de Loreto is guarded by the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, built by Jesuits in 1697 and one of ten of the Ruta de las Misiones de Baja California Sur (Baja California Sur Missions Route), which goes from San Ignacio to Los Cabos.

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The mission of Loreto is the mother of all the others—commanded by Friar Juan María de Salvatierra, Jesuits began the evangelization and colonization of the Californias from here. Inside, the temple preserves its cedar-beamed ceilings, the choir balcony and an altarpiece covered with gold leaf.

The space also houses the Museo de las Misiones (Missions’ Museum), with around 300 pieces, including archaeological remains and 17th and 18th centuries sacred art. Old documents stand out, such as the Historical Catechism printed in 1681 and the Book of Commentaries of the ecclesiastic of 1701 as well as a bell that fell into the sea and was rescued and restored a hundred years later.

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