Apuntes: Revista de Estudios sobre Patrimonio Cultural - Journal of Cultural Heritage Studies
Print version ISSN 1657-9763
GONZALEZ MORA, Felipe. Architecture of Missionary Churches of the Jesuit Missions in Casanare, Meta and Orinoco (16th, 17th and 18 th centuries). Apuntes [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.1, pp. 34-49. ISSN 1657-9763.
By means of a rigorous study of written primary sources coming from archives and from published information written by the missions' chroniclers, it was possible to reconstruct and reinterpret the architecture of the missionary churches in the Jesuit missions in Casanare, Meta and Orinoco in the Eastern Plains of the 'Nuevo Reino de Granada', including spatial characteristics of the layouts, the structural and construction systems, the materials used, and the objects and jewelry used as part of the decoration. Emphasis is laid on the importance of primary sources for the recovery of architectural heritage that no longer exists.
Keywords : Architectural Heritage; Colombian Eastern Plains; Jesuit Missions; Colonial Period; Architecture of the Missionary Churches; Construction Systems.