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Santa Ana

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The last Mission built in the Chiquitania was established in 1755, that is to say only 12 years before the Jesuits were expelled. When the priests left, the construction of the church had scarcely started; it was finished by the indigenous population. The result is a sober church, of rustic style, and with minimal dimensions compared to its neighbouring churches. It is surrounded by simple houses of a small town where, like in the times of the Jesuits, the responsibility to look after the church was an honour passed from father to son. Renovated in the nineties, the church maintains its original appearance. Where the choir stands, a pipe organ of the Jesuit epoch has been preserved--restored in the year 2000.