Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mission San Xavier del Bac

 A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. 

The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.

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

Hilltop cross from afar through an arch
And that same cross from close up
Of course some idiot had to ruin the peace and tranquility by flying this drone over the area - It was good to see a police vehicle turn up to question him

Stunning manuscript on sheepskin

Interior of church and inner courtyards:


  1. Now, now, that drone! Might be sent by the Vatican to make sure the collection trays are not being pilfered by the local priest! I think I see the Vatican seal on the bottom of the drone and the inscription "a caelo usque ad centrum um drone" which translates roughly to "from heaven all the way to the center of the earth this drone watches all." :-)

    Impressive sheepskin liturgy in Latin, old Latin too. So, you enjoyed the grounds "a bene placito" which translates to "at one's pleasure."

    1. The drone certainly had a pretty impressive camera attached, so who knows!

      Yes we had a very relaxed visit - not only the grounds but also the interior - see a few extra photos I've just added

      quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur :)

  2. Impressive additional photos, thank you! Lots of spaces that give the spiritual pilgrim a place to relax and contemplate! I can see a certain, favorite artist painting in a few of these places.

    Your photos show few, if no, people, by design or just nobody around?

    True, "Whatever is said in latin sounds profound." :-)

    1. There were only a few people around so it was easy to exclude them