Mission - San Xavier Del Bac by diomedes66 ()
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Mission - San Xavier Del Bac
One of the oldest still functioning churches in the U.S. Originally founded in 1692 by the Jesuit Missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and named after his patron saint Francis Xavier, the Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies." The present site is approximately 9 miles south of Tucson, AZ and is located on the Tohono O'odham (formally Papago) indian reservation. Since the mission is currently undergoing restoration, as evidenced by the 'big baggie' on the left side of the image, I'll be showing only selections of the building - obviously ones that interest me the most :-)
Architecturally, it is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture, yet the blending is so complete it is hard to tell where one type begins and another ends.
Another artistic scribbling - Your comments and suggestion are very highly valued and quite deeply appreciated.
Image Comments (57)
morin3000 () 5:44PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
It is magnificent! I see through your eyes in your images. You worked with your hands, but its your heart, which guides you! You sing along with nature, how glorious it is. You speak with your heart! It transforms you!
tibet2004uk () 5:49PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
Oh gorgeous building!! I totally love that kind of architecture! So beautiful with such a fantastic feeling!!
Digitell () 5:51PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
What a beautiful church!! The carvings are just gorgeous!! I love looking at beautiful churches such as this one! :) Excellent Photo! V
bkhook () 6:30PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
Laffs.. I didn't even see the big baggie until you pointed it out.. this is absolutely awesome photography.. the lighting is gorgeous and such a crisp clear image. I love old buildings.. Excellent job here!
PhotoSmith () 6:58PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
A gorgeous old mission, and it's nice to see the care continued generation after generation. Despite the "baggy," a wonderful photo and presentation!
SoulSearcherr () 7:04PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
oh my goodness..this is gorgeous photography..love this
live2 () 7:11PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
This is such a beautiful church! I love the carving and the scroll work. The variosu colors of the building are very interesting. This is an excellent capture!!
hotracer2 () 7:36PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
I have been there several times and it is very beautiful as shown by your wonderful image of the old church:):):):)
logiloglu () 7:51PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
a wonderful church. its a pleasure to explore the amazing details. great light and colours. excellent photography,my friend. * vote * #:O)
redbeard () 8:08PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
You definetly have a great sense of dramatic lighting! Beautiful shot, even with the "baggie" it's still a great looking, fascinating church.
watapki66 () 8:32PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
Wow, this is so nice, the lighting and composition are wonderful!
Richardphotos () 8:35PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
the wealth that the Catholic(any religion)church has is staggering. I went to a museum called Villa Escodero in the Philipines that was full of artifacts all the way back to the time of the Spanish invasion .Silver plated coaches and if not silver then gold. Always they have the best structures. Imagine how poor the Indians were and the same for Polynesian mix that was native to the Philippines but yet the churches are designed in such oppulent manners. In very poor barrios they have fancy basilicas that rival wealthy countries of Europe during the 1500-16's. sorry Paul I forgot about your excellent capture!!!
Elfenone () 8:48PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
OH Wow is that ever stunning! What a special image. So clean and intricate all the same time.
Lissa_lei () 9:55PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
This is so beutiful Paul. I love these old mission churches and it does have all the cultural inflences of the epople who have lived their in pas times, I wonder do the I ndians now own the buildin, or is it just on their land? interested cause of cultural traditions that apply here and most other places, great shot, love it, and big V* MORE! please Lina
kimariehere () 10:50PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
WOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! stunning sky over a beautiful old mission!! so full of charm and history big vote! ... WOW AGAIN!!
Nilla () 10:53PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
What a beautiful old church! I love old architechture such as this! I can only hope that I have enough time in my summer break next year to make it out west. :)
Zacko () 11:40PM | Tue, 23 August 2005
Oh Paul!!! This ones fantastic!!! WOOOOW!!! What an omnious sky behind that beautiful church. Yup, this is moooooody!!! EXCELLENT TO SAY THE LEAST SIR!!!! Have a wonderful day #:O)
cynlee () 1:09AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
it has some wonderful detailing! & the tower against the sky looks super :] have grown quite fond of the SW
sharky_ () 1:16AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
It does have some resemblance of a church here in Hawaii. It is beautiful especially with the lighted clouds as background..........Aloha
pixelatorz () 2:07AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
that's a beautifull church you captured there, mexican style :)
Syltermermaid () 3:11AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
It is wonderful!!! I would love to see this church in real, it looks so magnificent!! I just want to say thank you Paul for all this wonderful photos you show us from places we will never visite and we didn't even know they exist!!! You do such a wonderful work with all your shots!! Thank you!!!V
Petra-S () 3:20AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Wonderful Architektur, fantastic clouds and light, brilliant Photo!
fourbanger () 5:25AM | Wed, 24 August 2005
Superb shot of this old mission.You sure now how to get great cloud s in your pictures.Wonderful job Paul