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Below is an illustrated index of the 8 Jesuit sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • La Compañía de Jesús
    Cusco, Peru
    The elegant Church of the Society of Jesus rivals Cusco's cathedral in grandeur. Like the cathedral, it was also built on the site of an important ancient palace, that of the Inca Huayna Cpac.
  • Havana Cathedral
    Havana, Cuba
    Built by the Jesuits in the 18th century, Havana Cathedral has been called "music cast into stone." Its facade contains coral, complete with fossils.
  • Mission of the Sacred Heart
    Cataldo, USA
    Built in 1853, this Jesuit mission in northern Idaho is the oldest existing mission in the Pacific Northwest.
  • São Roque
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Hiding behind a very plain facade is one of the city's richest interiors. The chapels are Baroque masterpieces; one is the world's most expensive chapel. Many relics are on display, including pieces of the crown of thorns and Jesus' crib.
  • San Isidro
    Madrid, Spain
    Built in the 17th century, this Jesuit Baroque church contains the relics of Madrid's patron saint, San Isidro, and his wife, Santa María de la Cabeza.
  • Il Gesù
    Rome, Italy
    This huge Baroque church is the headquarters of the Jesuits and has served as the model for Jesuit churches everywhere and contains the tomb of St. Ignatius, the order's founder.
  • Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
    Rome, Italy
    Sant'Andrea al Quirinale is a splendid elliptical Baroque church designed by Bernini in 1658.
  • St. Ignatius (Xujiahui) Cathedral
    Shanghai, China
    This Catholic cathedral founded by the Jesuits dates from 1910. The brick Gothic structure, which was once a part of a major missionary complex, seats 2,500 people.