Inside Tierra Santa, Buenos Aires’ Religious Theme Park

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Indiana Jo in front of animatronic Jesus heart

Leaving behind the cold British Winter, I landed back in Buenos Aires with its 33 degree heat.

I was staying with friends who had rented an apartment in the city and at risk of falling from one bottle of wine to another, we decided to search for an activity to distract us from the Malbec.

All credit goes to Louise for finding Tierra Santa. The Lonely Planet guide describes it as a religious theme park, which claims to be a World’s first. You might wonder why no one has thought of this before?!

Activity determined, off we trekked, in search of Jerusalem in the heart of Argentina. And we found it. From a recreation of the Creation – with strobes and a moving gorilla, to the Nativity, the place was overwhelmingly full of…religion. There was a recreation of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and, of course, the resurrection where a 40ft animatronic Jesus rose into the sky, opened his eyes and turn out his palms to his onlookers below. Amazing ;p

Jesus statue on a hill

I don’t think I will need to explain the wonder of the day as the pictures below speak a thousand words. All I will add is that, yes, they are real airplanes landing just 100 metres outside of the theme park and no, we couldn’t understand the presence of Gandhi either.

I will leave you with a final quotes from the Lonely Planet: “Tierra Santa is a magnificent blend of tacky kitch and religion rolled into one. Many devoted Argentinians take it seriously and are visibly moved when the oversized Jesus gazes upon them.” (The presence of the happy, real nuns go to prove it – apologies for the blurry pic, those ladies can move!).

Nuns leaving Tierra Santa

Tierra Santa in Pictures

Statue of Jesus on the cross
Men around the camp fire

Sitting on a camel

Close up of face of large Jesus statue
La Puerta de Damasco restaurant sign
Jesus behind bars in prison
Scene with Gandhi in his house

Adam and Eve scene at night
statue of Jesus on the Cross
Men looking at a round pot

Despite not being religious, the day was a wonderfully, if not truly odd and slightly crazy experience that I’d recommend to anyone.

Author - Jo Fitzsimons

Hi, I'm Jo, the writer behind Indiana Jo. In 2010 I quit my job as a lawyer and booked an around the world ticket. As a solo female traveller, I hopped from South America to Central America, across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. It was supposed to be a one-year trip but over a decade later, it's yet to end. I've lived in a cave, climbed down a volcano barefoot, spent years as a digital nomad, worked as a freelance travel writer, and eaten deadly Fugu. Now I'm home, back in the UK, but still travelling far and wide. You can find out more About Me.

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