December 3, 2013

ARIZONA : The White Dove of the Desert - Tucson

"The White Dove of the Desert"

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

Mission San Xavier del Bac
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Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino and named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order), Francis Xavier. In 1700 construction began on a church at a site nearby the current Mission. It served the community until razed by Apaches in 1770.

Today's Mission was built between 1783-1797 and is the oldest European structure in Arizona. Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

The site is also known as the “place where the water appears”, as there were once natural springs in the area. The Santa Cruz River, which now runs only part of the year, is also nearby. The Mission is situated in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot and in horseback cabalgatas.

"The White Dove of the Desert", Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, AZ, is located in the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. It takes 10 miles south to the border of Mexico by car from Tucson. You can meet this church alone and forsaken under the influence of Spanish Catholic.

Grotto Hill at Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

Once a year - every time I visit here, I'm more impressive of this beauty.  White walls, a tiring dog, basking in the sunshine. This is a moment when San Xavier recalls the most fascinating piece of scenery.

1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85746

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