Mission Church of San Xavier in San Javier, Bolivia

Enter this 18th-century church, and you'll find yourself immersed in a world of bright colors, intricate patterns, and superb architectural details. It's a feast for the eyes, made possible by a troubling concoction of Old World colonialism and New World traditions.

The church is part of the mission of San Xavier (sometimes also spelled San Javier). The mission was first established in 1691, but moved around a bit before finding its permanent spot in the 18th century. A Swiss Jesuit...

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