Mission - San Xavier Del Bac #2 by diomedes66 ()
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Mission - San Xavier Del Bac
Also called "The White Dove of The Desert"
From 1692 through 1782 various priests took charge of the church and either visited regularly or were commissioned there.
During this time the old church was vulnerable to Apache indian attacks but was left untouched. Charles III of Spain banned all Jesuits from Spanish lands because of distrust of the secular talents of the Jesuits, so from this time (late 1760's) on San Xavier would be led by Franciscans.
Not much is written about the Mission from the time it was built until 1828. At this time the Mexican government demanded loyalty from all Spanish priests, and many, including the priest at San Xavier, refused. Therefore, the priest serving at San Xavier was sent home to Spain, and San Xavier was left vacant.
From 1828-1858 the church began to decay and local Indians, concerned about the church, took church furnishings into their homes as a way of preserving what they could. In 1849 the California gold rush began, and then a large number of people came to the church on their travels to California. Most visitors wrote their names on the walls inside.
In 1858 a diary entry by a visitor from Ohio explained that the door to San Xavier was always open and that the church had been taken over by birds and that the Indians respected it too much to vandalize it.
Another artistic scribbling - Your comments and suggestion are very highly valued and quite deeply appreciated.
Image Comments (57)
aangus () 3:22PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Startling image made more unusual by the crop. (Did you write your name inside?)
Zacko () 3:31PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Beautiful capture and amazing postwork. You sure picked the right sky for this one Paul. Thanks for all your wonderful support by the way. Youre not only a talented photographer but also a wonderful soul. Have a great day Sir #:O)
Petra-S () 3:36PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Fantastic light, clound, mood and image, wonderful architectur and genial Photo!V
morin3000 () 4:12PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
For my return! Its one of your more beautiful photographs Splendid!!!V
cynlee () 4:22PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
glorious!! like an exotic frosted cake in the layers... is it a composite? the dome shimmers as if in a mirage ;]
TwoPynts () 4:31PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
This has an otherworldly quality, just beautiful. Mission accomplished!
dragonfly2000 () 4:32PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
In the year I spent i Tucson I never came away with anything nearly this good - beautiful work.
hotracer2 () 4:38PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Love the clouds in the backgroud...the architecture makes for spendid viewing, even though they are restoring the mission giving to this interesting crop:):):):)
rayburg () 4:49PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
wonderful pic..the white building and the clouded blue sky contrast nicely..the history info was interesting. thanks.
Digitell () Online Now! 5:04PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
WOW!! What a beautiful building! And the sky behind it really adds drama to the image! Fantastic photo! V! :)
Hidinthesierras () 5:06PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
The lighting and atmosphere on this one is fantastic, and the sky is......really trippy! Just love it! 8-)
Lissa_lei () 5:08PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Just stunnin Paul, very Moorish design is seen too, like Cyn said a beutiful frosy layer of white , like a small taj Mahal sort of,. Anyway it is fascinatin, to know about it, and It is a lovly serie. V* Lina
Richardphotos () 5:17PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
the clouds really cooperated for this capture. most excellent view Paul
Enmos () 5:18PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Wow... those clouds in the back !! Stunning work here, love the achitecture of that magnificant building too !! Superb !! :o)
live2 () 5:23PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Another spectacular view of this old church. The clouds in this one are beautiful. Excellent capture, Paul!!
Syltermermaid () 6:14PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
It has something oriental!!! A wonderful building and this sky is a wonderful background to bring the white from the cupolla specially out!!! A wonderful photo, very well captured Paul!!! V
logiloglu () 6:15PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
like out of 1001 night. a wonderful architecture. great light and colours. excellent capture,Paul. * bravo * #:O)
Margana () 8:02PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
OMG Paul this is just beautiful.You did an outstanding job with this one.The colors and the light are gorgeous.Wow.Excellent!- M:)
tibet2004uk () 8:36PM | Wed, 24 August 2005
The dome looks really strange, uneven like if smudged or something!! Is this a manip?? Looks like the sky has been added! It's a beautiful building anyhow and the lighting is superb!!