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[Mission San Xavier Del Bac, South of Tucson, Arizona, November 3, 2011]
The Mission San Xavier Del Bac was founded in 1692 by a Jesuit priest and explorer, Eusebio Francisco Kino, who trekked across the harsh desert landscape to minister to the local Native American population in the tiny farming community of Bac.
The Franciscans began to build the present adobe structure in the late 1770s. Mexican artists painted the interior, creating elaborate murals and ornamentation. Painters textured the main altar to resemble marble and drew chandeliers on the upper walls. Construction was never finished, however, as the empty bell tower (right) attests.
The Mission has been in continuous service for three centuries.
I first visited the Mission five years ago, when it was undergoing a massive renovation. Today, the Mission is in an excellent state of preservation. For visual evidence, please look at the wonderful photos of the Mission that have been uploaded to JPG in the last few weeks.
I highly recommend a visit to the â€œWhite Dove of the Desert.â€
As always, thanks for stopping by.
*** Thank you DON GARRETT for the spotlight! ***
Also by Richard Knight
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