San Xavier Mission in Tucson, Arizona

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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.  _DSC0386reduced_1429

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.”

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The architecture is Baroque with ornate displays, faux doors painted on walls, ceilings and floors with balanced statuary throughout.

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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.

3 thoughts on “San Xavier Mission in Tucson, Arizona

  1. Fantastic. I can’t remember if we have ever toured it, but I am sure Tim & family have been there many times. Have a great Easter Sunday. I am working in the yard and we will be dining out with Brian tonight.
    Love Vern

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