As is well known, the province of Corrientes is characterized by its worship of religion and devotional practices . Among the diversity of shrines we can find is the Church and Convent of San Francisco . It is a Catholic temple and Franciscan convent under the patronage of San Francisco de Asis, the creator of that Order .
Construction of the Convent began approximately in 1589 , after the arrival of Fraile Luis de Molina . However, it was completed only around 1607 . Then, in 1638 , it was the turn of the start-up of the chapel . It was rebuilt between 1861 and 1867 , where it adopted a neoclassical style . Finally, the complex was restored in 1948 and declared a National Historical Monument three years later. According to the National Monuments Commission, renowned evangelizers such as Fray Luis Beltrán and Fray José de la Quintana lived in the cloister.
The convent has large walls made of adobe, which are one meter thick and are supported by hardwood columns. It also preserves colonial-era roofs , an internal courtyard with cisterns and lush afforestation. In addition, the cover is made of shingles and taping of tacuaras reeds, which are tied with leather tients, on palms. Also, it preserves its original doors, which were hand-carved . While the temple adopts a baroque interior , in which its semicircular atrium stands out. Finally, it has a tube organ and the pulpit, which is laminated in gold .
Records of the past
The Franciscan Order was the first of its kind to settle in the province of Corrientes . However, the exact date of your arrival is unknown. Around 1583 , Friar Juan de Rivadeneira presented a project before King Philip II . There, he advised the establishment of a village in the region of the seven currents . Subsequently, the conqueror Juan Torres de Vera y Aragón founded the city of Vera , later adopting the name of the current capital . At that time a land was allocated for the construction of a Franciscan monastery, which is the same space occupied until today.
Afterwards, the locals sent a request to the Governorate of Rio de la Plata and Paraguay , requesting a priest . According to his orders, in 1589 the arrival of Friar Luis de Molina took place. In fact, the construction of the convent was in his charge . However, they had scarce resources that delayed and hindered work and living conditions. But over time the situation could be reversed and reforms were carried out. Even the Franciscans created a school , which began as a modest ranch, and around 1792 obtained a building .
Outstanding center of evangelization
Fraile Luis de Bolaños , one of the first priests of the Order in the region, had the idea of installing various reductions. The objectives were that nomadic Indians could establish themselves in fixed populations and facilitate their evangelization . Due to the location and importance of the convent of San Francisco, it is that there were numerous missionary initiatives . As a result, memorable spaces of worship were founded , such as Itatí in 1615 and Santa Ana de los Guácaras in 1621 .
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