Monday, February 11, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: Mission San Xavier del Bac, The White Dove of the Desert

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

January 10, 2013

Our visit to the Mission San Xavier del Bac will be our last activity while in Tucson. The mission is about 9 miles south of downtown Tuscon just off of 19.

While reviewing and researching the Mission I located this Statuary Guide.  You might try to match up some of the statuary I photographed with the guide.

Restoration of the mission is ongoing, as you can tell from studying the photos.  Photos taken with natural and available light only, no flash.  Post editing was used to lighten and enhance.

A cactus wren sitting on the cross at the very top of the dome on the left side.

The interior of the church, looking toward the sanctuary.

The East Chapel, one of the side seating areas for services, off to the right of the sanctuary (refer to photo above).

From the museum displays, it was encased in a glass enclosure:

From the West Chapel.

Also in the West Chapel:

We planned our arrival time so that we could participate in a docent led tour, we can endorse the docent tours, well done!  We toured the church, some museum type rooms with artifacts and other areas, including a fascinating succulent garden that had several different types of pricky pear (nopal) all growing in a small area.    

For history and beautiful samples of restoration, the Mission San Xavier del Bac is hard to beat.  If you are ever in the area you will not regret a visit.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous photos, Carol :-) Loving taking this trip with you!