St. Xavier Mission in Tucson

Discovered by Jesuit missionaries from Spain in the late 1600s, St. Xavier Mission was first established as an outpost. The Jesuits were later kicked out and the Franciscans took their place.

The mission is a wonderful relic of old Spanish Arizona. The site almost looks as I would imagine it in the 1600, with little development. When the Spanish left due to absence of gold, they left their missions in ruins, but this one has been well taken care of and was recently refurbished inside and out. The art inside depicts Catholic saints and, of course, pays homage to the Virgin Mary. Some statuary has what looks like Franciscan friars.

The door handles and the details of the architecture are wonderful examples of a Spanish mission. Now I want to see similar sites in Mexico and California.

Our firm is working on a project for the Native Indian tribe that has their reservation there. They were called Papago and now called Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation: People of the Desert. Their reservation spans an area into Mexico and I believe they can cross easily from the Mexican area to the U.S. area. They are very proud of the mission, its history, and its people. A book in the gift shop showed how they lived here in a peaceful fashion till today.

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