San Xavier del Bac



San Xavier del Bac

These photos are from a trip to Arizona in January, 2005

On my way back from visiting Nogales, Mexico, I stopped at the Mission San Xavier del Bac. The mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. The current church, which as built between 1783-1797, is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, and is widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.

The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.

The Mission is 9 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Take exit 92 (San Xavier Road) off of Interstate 19 and follow signs to the Mission.


San Xavier del Bac

The Tohono O'odham are a group of Native Americans who live mainly in the Sonoran Desert in Southeast Arizona and northwest Mexico. The Spanish conquistadores called them Papago (tepary-bean eater) beacuse that is what they were called by rival Pima tribes. Tohono O'odham means "People of the Desert"



San Xavier del Bac
Unfortunately there was restoration taking place when I was there


Views Around the Mission



San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac
Detail of the facade


San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac
A shrine on the hill


View of the Mission from the Hill



San Xavier del Bac


The Mission School



San Xavier del Bac


Views Inside the Church



San Xavier del Bac
Close-up of the facade
San Xavier del Bac



San Xavier del Bac
San Xavier del Bac



San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac


San Xavier del Bac










Go To Project Gutenberg



Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional


Contents © Copyright 2001 Author: Lee Briggs except where noted. All rights reserved.