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Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba are the complex of buildings within the Jesuit mission in Córdoba, Argentina. It also includes the six ranches, called estancias, operated by the Jesuit, namely Caroya, Jesús María, Santa Catalina, Alta Gracia, Candelaria and San Ignacio.

Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Cairns, Australia, from 27 November to 2 December, 2000.

What to See in Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba

The Jesuit Block, also known as Manzana de los Jesuitas or Manzana de las Luces (Block of Enlightenment) includes the University of Cordoba, one of the oldest universities in South America. It also includes the Monserrat Secondary School (Colegio Nacional de Monserrat), the church Iglesia de la Compañia, and residences. These are all within the city of Cordoba. The estancias are in the province of Cordoba.

Photos of Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba

Iglesia de la Compania, Cordoba, Argentina
Iglesia de la Compania, Cordoba, Argentina
Author: Lancastermerrin88 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Iglesia de Santa Catalina, Cordoba, Argentina
Iglesia de Santa Catalina, Cordoba, Argentina
Author: Claudio Elias (public domain)


The Jesuit Block, or Manzana Jesuítica, was established in 1615, along with the ranches. In 1767, they were expelled from the Americas by a decree from King Charles III of Spain. During their absence, the farm and complex were maintained by the Franciscans until 1853, when the Jesuits returned to the Americas. A year following, the university and school which they started were nationalized.


Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina. It has a population of 2 million, and is also the capital of Cordoba province, in the heart of the Pampas.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 31 25 14 W 64 11 28
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

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Visiting this Site

Although this World Heritage Site is in Cordoba, I would recommend that you base yourself in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Find your accommodation in Buenos Aires, and then get your hotel to help you make arrangements for visiting the sights in Cordoba and elsewhere in Argentina. There will be plenty more tour packages to choose from in Buenos Aires, according to the amount of time you have in your hands.

Here's a comprehensive list of Hotels in Buenos Aires with online booking facilities. I also have put together a list of Hotels in Cordoba, so that you are well prepared where you get there. Booking is provided by HostelBookers, so there is no booking fee involved.

Getting there

Cordoba can be easily reached by plane or train from Buenos Aires. The Ingeniero Talavella international airport is located 10 km to the north of the city centre. It receives flights from many major towns in Argentina, as well as from Lima, Santiago de Chile, Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and Porto Alegre in Brazil.

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Argentina Local Tours

As part of your tour planning, here are some local tours of Argentina that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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