Mission - San Xavier Del Bac #3 by diomedes66 ()
Photography posted on Aug 25, 2005
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Mission - San Xavier Del Bac
The Central Courtyard
The decaying church was helped in 1859 when the Gadsden Purchase added Arizona to the Santa Fe Diocese. The Bishop for the Santa Fe Diocese ordered a scout to Arizona, where they discovered San Xavier. Repairs were made with Diocese money and a priest was assigned to serve at San Xavier.
A school was begun several times at San Xavier. The church received funding through the government for school, but the first attempt in 1864 failed, as local Indians did not send their children. In 1895 a school was opened again, and a grant of $1,000 was given to repair the building. Classrooms were added on at the start of the century. In 1947 a new school was built next to the church for the Tohono O'odam children.
It is interesting that such a beautiful structure has no record of the architect, builders or artists responsible for creating it. It has been determined that no less than three artists painted the artwork inside the church.
Almost every available space inside has a painting or sculpture. The paintings have the look of folk and baroque art of religious figures. The colors, though faded are still brilliant and quite striking. The amount of artwork on the walls and ceiling is overwhelming, but breathtaking.
The debate about who the architect or builder was is fueled by the inscription "Pedro Boj. Ano die 1797 (a day in 1797)" on one of the wooden doors at the entrance. Many speculate that Pedro Bojorquez is the name of the builder, but this is discounted because he could also be a manufacturer of doors or a carpenter who placed his name there.
Another artistic scribbling - Your comments and suggestion are very highly valued and quite deeply appreciated.
Image Comments (53)
Sabra () 5:10PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
I love this photo, it almost looks rendered in software, has an unreal feel. Thank you for posting the story, it really adds to the picture!
Hidinthesierras () 5:24PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Your lighting and your skies are so awesome! The clarity and depth is fantastic, love it!
hotracer2 () 5:35PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Wonderful composition of this great mission, love the clouds in the background, lighting and detail awesome, well worth the trip and time spent:):):):)
Syltermermaid () 5:53PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
It looks fantastic Paul!!! Such a eonderful and peaceful place!!! I would love to sit there and just enjoying the peace and the sun, I have in the moment a hell of a stress!!!LOL It looks so wonderful and inviting!!! Excellent work and thanks for sharing!!!
bkhook () 6:03PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Pristine and Pure. Beauty I am glad you shared with us. :=) Excellent shot!
fixbrknhearts () 6:07PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
What a beautiful place. You did a great job capturing it too. Thanks for sharing the photo and the history that goes along with it.
logiloglu () 6:20PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
what a beautiful place. wonderful light and colours.excellent done,my friend. * bravo * #:O)
Elfenone () 6:26PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Wow It's so hard to realize something so beautiful being so old..goes to show you that a vessel can contain beauty within and without, depending on the care of what's inside and out.
morin3000 () 6:55PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
You often have beautiful cumulus, with this beautiful landscape, rich colors! A splendid series! It comes from the heart, my friend!))*)
live2 () 7:18PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
What a beautiful garden and that sky really stands out against the stark white. Really a beautiful capture!! V
tvernuccio () 7:44PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
BREATHTAKING!!!!! The architecture is totally incredible! Amazing there is no record who designed and built this place. I would love to see the scupltures and artwork inside!!!! The white against the dark blue sky is magnificent!!!! Is that a statue of Jesus in the archway below the cross! Wow!!!! Heavenly!!!!
Richardphotos () 8:14PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
I like this the best of the series paul. such marvelous beauty****
uniquedreamer () 8:25PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
I also like this shot best. A beautiful garden and wonderful architecture of this building. V
tibet2004uk () 9:00PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Cool manip and, again, that building and its garden are so beautiful! Man, that kind of architecture reminds me of long lost holidays!! Nostalgia...
sharky_ () 9:26PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
Its very beautiful from front to back. Love the clouds and I do see several faces in it. Excellent. Aloha
Ariela () 9:39PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
You couldn't have picked a better sky for this scene!! Awesome!! Beautiful colors and clarity. Excellent composition. VOTE
cynlee () 10:46PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
but you did pick the sky right? making for some intricate work... setting off a beautiful place & colors ;]
Zacko () 11:24PM | Thu, 25 August 2005
WOOOOW!!! You sure picked the right sky for this one. Awesome composition Paul. That white church really stands out as against that troubling sky. EXCELLENT! Have a dandy weekend #:O)
Gor111 () 1:50AM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Beautiful photo about this white painted Mission building! I love the wonderful garden in front of it! Excellent shot really! Bravo!!! V
Tedz () 2:12AM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Aaah...and when I saw "Mission"...I thought it was a Crew General Alert...a splendid showing and so informative...salute