We joined a group of hobby photographers from Saguaro SKP Co-Op RVPark from Benson, Arizona for this tour of San Xavier Mission near Tucson. It was extraordinarily beautiful, even under restoration. A lot has been done, but much more work is needed.
From the website http://www.sanzaviermission.org, the following gives a brief history and a small bit of information:
“A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.
The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.”
The architecture is Baroque with ornate displays, faux doors painted on walls, ceilings and floors with balanced statuary throughout.
San Xavier del Bac is still an active mission church, tending to the religious needs of its’ local parishioners. Tours are not available during worship or special service times. We were reminded to be respectful of those in prayer.