A Visit To Mission San Xavier in Tucson Arizona

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A Visit To Mission San Xavier In Tucson Arizona

Mission San Xavier looked interesting so we decided a visit to Tucson was in order.

San Xavier Mission was originally founded as a Catholic mission in 1692.  It is still a working Catholic mission. Hours for mass can be found on their website.

Lunch First And Then We Do The Tourist Thing

Prior to our tour of the mission we decided a little lunch was in order. Across the parking lot from the mission is a little shopping area.

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San Xavier Plaza where we found a great cafe

Within this scenic little plaza we found a wonderful lunch! Hunger had become a priority and we decided to have lunch before proceeding with our tour of the Mission. We chose the tacos made with Indian Fry Bread and we both gave it a thumbs up! If you are in the neighborhood of the Mission this little cafe is well worth your time to stop for a meal.

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Santa Rosa Cafe within the San Xavier Plaza

 

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Interior construction of Santa Rosa Cafe

After lunch it was on to the Mission. As we walked across the parking lot towards the entrance we saw a lovely bride resplendent in a traditional bridal gown being photographed in front of the Mission.

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Lovely bride being photographed in front of the Mission

Proceeding into the Mission we discovered free will offerings are accepted but there is no set charge for viewing and touring the Mission.

Little Known About The Artists

According to the Mission’s website, there is little known about the artists who decorated the interior of the Mission. It’s unfortunate that credit can’t be given to those responsible for the amazingly intricate painting and carvings throughout the interior of the Mission.

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Altar area of San Xavier Mission

In 1887 an earthquake damaged parts of the church and repairs to that damage were started in 1905. A timeline of the various restoration efforts can be found on the Mission’s website. Exterior restoration begun in 1999 is ongoing.

Look At The Difference Between The Right And Left Towers

If you look, the difference between the left and right towers can be easily spotted in the photographs. The right tower is currently under going restoration. Portions of the Mission Museum were closed due to the restoration work on the tower.

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Front of the Mission – note the difference in color between the restored left tower and right tower which is currently being restored.
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Partial view of ceiling detail San Xavier Mission

 

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Intricate artistry throughout the interior

The amazingly detailed work done so long ago is awe inspiring to say the least. To those who work tirelessly to restore these works of art I extend my thanks. To any of you who may be in the Tucson area, please take the time to tour the Mission. It truly is one of a kind and shouldn’t be missed. In addition to the Mission itself there is a Mission Museum, a gift shop and next door is a fully functioning K-8 Mission grade school.

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The original plastered floor and fired brick walls built in the 1790’s

As I’ve stated before in other posts, take the time to explore your area. We each have amazing things to be found in our own backyards. It doesn’t have to be an expensive trip or an extended vacation. Research your area, plan some day trips. See what is unique about your home town. Please share with us your discoveries. We love to hear about your adventures as we share ours with you.

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