Between 1814 and 1816, the battles of the war for Independence turned Caroya into the first bladed weapon factory in the country. It was a supplier of bayonet spikes for the Northern Army. In 1854, the national government took possession of the venue. In 1876, Nicolás Avellaneda’s administration resolved to shelter Italian immigrants coming from Friuli. In 1878, the new colonists who had already settled down in the
quarters began to organize a village very close to the main house.
The entire residence revolves around an ample central yard boasting two huge palm trees at the entrance, followed by a lush garden giving off the sweet aroma of elm trees, orange trees and palm trees. Next to the chapel, the area where the fishing nets are hung, the dam, the remains of the mill house and the irrigation ditches, in addition to the area devoted to the orchard, represent an outstanding sample of residential architecture in the rural environment. Its buildings feature the typical architectural traits of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, marked by the different stages in the use of the house.
Consequently, the multi-theme museum and the interpretation center of the estancia
managed by the Cultural Heritage Office of the Province of Córdoba become quite significant. The objects and furniture inside the ten rooms that make up the cloisters give testimony of the different periods. Wooden chests, fraileros
(armchairs of the Renaissance), Cusqueña
paintings and the image of Saint Raymund Nonnatus in polychrome wood were true witnesses to the days of rest spent by the pupils at the Monserrat. La Estancia de Caroya
The chapel, which dates from the seventeenth century, presents stone walls and only one image of the Virgin of Monserrat at the altar: an invitation to seclusion.
Weapon enthusiasts may go around the halls and the gallery where war items such as 1879 Remington and 1850 Charleville carabines, an 1857 Smith shotgun, as well as sabers and swords from the days of the Revolution, are on display.
Friulian influence is evident in the house bedroom furniture, trunks, spinning wheels and other domestic artifacts. Likewise, a huge barrel with a grape press reveals the produce of Caroya, where the descendants of those immigrants still make the famous Frambua
After years of history, the silence and pleasant corners of Caroya shelter the spirit of each of the Jesuit estancias