- Santa María la Mayor
Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana,
Nuestra Señora de Loretoand Santa María la Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)
State Party = ARG and BRA
Type = Cultural
Criteria = iv
ID = 275-291
Region = Latin America and the Caribbean
Year = 1983
Session = 7th
Extension = 1984
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/275
Reducción de Santa María la Mayor ("Reduction of Holy Maria Mayor"), located in the
Santa María Departmentof the Misiones Province, Argentina, at approximate coordinates coord|27|33|S|55|20|W, was one of the missions or reductions founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits in the Americasduring the Spanish colonial period.The Jesuit reduction was found in founded in 1626, and by 1744 it held a population of 993. It was abandoned when the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in 1767. The ruins of the reduction were declared World Heritage Siteby UNESCOin 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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