Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Asuncion

Asuncion is home to a variety of sacred places, religious sites and temples. Although Asuncion is predominantly Roman Catholic, the Protestant, Baha'i, Buddhist, and Jewish faiths are also represented. Take this tour to visit Asuncion's most notable religious buildings.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Paraguay » Asuncion (See other walking tours in Asuncion)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Iglesia María Auxiliadora
  • Iglesia de la Encarnacion
  • Catedral Metropolitana
  • Iglesia San José
  • Asunción Paraguay Temple
  • Iglesia de la Recoleta
Iglesia María Auxiliadora

1) Iglesia María Auxiliadora

In Paraguay, devotion to María Auxiliadora began with the arrival on July 23, 1896, of the Salesians, a Roman Catholic religious order. The Salesians founded Bishop Lasagna School, which had an attached chapel dedicated to Our Lady María Auxiliadora. Construction on a large sanctuary began on May 24, 1980. In 1985, the dome, stained glass windows and floors were completed. The sanctuary was blessed in 1989 by the archbishop of Asunción, Bishop Ismael Rolon. Today, devotion to María Auxiliadora is widespread throughout Paraguay.
Iglesia de la Encarnacion

2) Iglesia de la Encarnacion

Built in 1889, Iglesia de la Encarnacion is a temple of worship located in the hills of the city. The church was designed by Italian architect Juan Colombo in the Roman Corinthian style, similar to other European cathedrals. Gothic elements are evident throughout the church. The interior of the church is brightly illuminated, as numerous windows let in the natural light.
Catedral Metropolitana

3) Catedral Metropolitana (must see)

Originally built in 1687, Catedral Metropolitana was reconstructed in the middle of 19th century. Designed by architect Carlos Zucchi, the cathedral is noted for its huge golden altar and religious art. The cathedral's altar is decorated with Jesuit and Franciscan silver and is enchanting to the eye.
Iglesia San José

4) Iglesia San José

Iglesia San José is a Romanesque-style chapel that was inaugurated in 1934. It remains one of the largest churches in the capital of Paraguay. San Jose (Joseph), husband of the Virgin Mary, is considered the universal patron of the church. The congregation annually celebrates the birth of the church with a formal ceremony and an art festival.
Asunción Paraguay Temple

5) Asunción Paraguay Temple

The Asunción Paraguay Temple is the 112th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

On April 2, 2000 an announcement was made that the LDS Church was planning to build a temple in Paraguay. Although there were already eleven other dedicated temples in South America, the Asunción Temple was the first temple to be built in Paraguay. The Asunción Temple will serve more than 68,000 members in the area.

In 1977 Paraguay became its own mission area and soon after converts to the LDS Church began to increase. In the year following the announcement 400 people were baptized into the Church. Currently, there are approximately more than 152,000 Mormon members in Paraguay. On February 3, 2001 the site for the Asunción Paraguay Temple was dedicated and a groundbreaking ceremony was held. An open house was held Saturday May 4-11, 2002. This allowed Mormons and those not of the Mormon faith to see the inside of the temple and learn more about what takes place inside.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Iglesia de la Recoleta

6) Iglesia de la Recoleta

Located in Ascunsion's Recoleta district, the Blessed Sacrament, better known as Iglesia de la Recoleta, is named after the Franciscan, Recollect, who reconstructed the abbey. This Baroque church was completed in 1829, although the parish boundary was modified several times. It was constructed during the reign of President Carlos Antonio Lopez. In 1862, the president imported materials from Europe to beautify the church's cemetery.

Walking Tours in Asuncion, Paraguay

Create Your Own Walk in Asuncion

Create Your Own Walk in Asuncion

Creating your own self-guided walk in Asuncion is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Asuncion's Northeast District

Tour of Asuncion's Northeast District

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 Km or 4.1 Miles
Asuncion Shopping Tour

Asuncion Shopping Tour

Asuncion is the perfect destination for the bargain shopper, as the city has been named one of the most inexpensive in the world. Here you will find open-air markets with a stunning array of handicrafts and traditional clothing, as well as interesting local stores that sell everything from electronics to fashion accessories. Take this tour to explore Asuncion's main shopping districts.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Asuncion Introduction Walking Tour

Asuncion Introduction Walking Tour

Sitting on the bank of the Paraguay river, the capital of Paraguay Asunción is a beautiful city, well worth being explored. Local attractions are plentiful and include, among others, numerous sites of colonial and modern architecture, such as the López Palace - seat of the local government, theaters, plazas, museums and more. To see them all, follow this orientation walk and enjoy!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Asuncion Landmarks Tour

Asuncion Landmarks Tour

Asuncion is well worth visiting for its architecture alone. From modern houses to colonial buildings, the past and present converge in this amazing city of 56,000 inhabitants. Take this tour to learn more about Asuncion's architectural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles