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Sunday, March 23, 2008

San Xavier del Bac

Altar with Candles

Last weekend we took a trip to Tucson and went to the San Xavier del Bac Mission. This mission is a Spanish Colonial style mission and was built between 1783-1797. It was way cooler than we expected. We have, admittedly, missed the sense of history we left behind in New England. Phoenix has a great climate and great hiking, but the whole place looks like it was built last week. Seeing the mission was a welcome respite from the all the strip malls.

San Xavier Mission

Actually, Tucson looks a little more like home. We ate at a vegan restaurant and there were trees, roads that bend, slight hills...


Anyhow, back to the mission. San Xavier is unlike any church I have ever seen. The art is so intricate, but it still has a folk-art feel. It reminds me a little of the cathedral in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but there was definitely a more rustic feel to San Xavier.

Check out many more pictures of our mission trip on our Flickr page.

Chapel Aisle


Anonymous Jen + Kev said...

hey guys- this are amazing pictures! What a place! I would love to go their sometime. I havent been over to your flickr account yet but thats where I am going next.

What are you thoughts on the creepy no name person on our livejournal? Yikes they keep leaving us weird comments?

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Sean said...

It must be really impressive to actually be there. You can tell from the pictures that the place is big and has ornate details everywhere.

8:06 PM  

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