San Xavier de Bac, a Treasure in the Desert
Trip Start Oct 22, 2009
85Trip End Apr 04, 2010
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But seeing it THERE, with no water around, makes you really scratch your head. WHY HERE? Why build this gorgeous mission building here and not on the banks of a small stream?
We learned why as we investigated further.
Great care has been taken to restore, repair and revive San Xavier. Begun in 1783, it's been hit by lightening, shaken by earthquakes, and nearly ruined by water (go figure).
Surrounding missions have been deserted and drifted off into the desert, but San Xavier is a vibrant, working church with a dedicated congregation in addition to an international team of conservators who have spent years cleaning and repairing.
The result is an incredible display of 1700's Spanish artistry and the oldest intact European building in the state.
After visiting Tumacacori and the Presidio at Tubac, we were amazed at the intricacy and vibrancy of the paintings and sculpture. This is a place much loved by it's people.