White Dove of the Desert, Mission San Xavier del Bac

While I was waiting to pick up a client at the Tucson airport, I had an hour to kill. Since I had my camera, I thought I would run over to see this 17th Century Mission. I have been to Tucson too many times to count …but I had never seen this old Spanish Mission built by the Franciscan missionaries and the native American Indians. It is a national Historic landmark that was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. It was located only 15 minutes away. I  did the quick self tour and took pictures of its stark white beauty. The sky was so clear and blue you could clearly see the fresh  snow that covered the  Catalina mountains off in the distance.

I saw this Native America cemetery that was next to this historic Church. The building’s stark white fascade is such a contrast to the volcanic rock that surrounds it.

The inside of the Mission was beautifully adorned. This is the oldest European structure in Arizona. The ceiling was equally impressive. Their are four windows that let in light and illuminate the frescos on the domed ceiling.

4 comments

March 14, 2011 - 10:48 pm

dscheat - thanks Pat, I appreciate your kind words.

March 14, 2011 - 10:48 pm

dscheat - thanks for the kind words..I really enjoy using these historical places to tell a story with pictures.

March 8, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Nao Hess - I really love these photos…and stark is a great word to describe the white building against the blue sky. Incredible–evoking passion, yet serene at the same time. Very nice photos, Dave!

March 2, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Pat Saur - That is sooo cool. Great pics! Not too shabby for a real estate guy!

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