Friday, March 21, 2008

San Xavier del Bac Mission

San Xavier del Bac Mission
National Register of Historic Places #1966000191

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This historic place is located at 1950 West San Xavier Road in the city of Tucson in the county of Pima, Arizona. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 32° 06.413 W 111° 00.477.

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Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded by the Jesuit missionary, Fr. Euseblo Kino in 1692. It formed the extreme northern thrust of Nueva Espana.

The present structure is the third, perhaps the fourth, church on the site. Consecrated by Franciscans, it was begun in 1783 and completed in 1797. One of the finest Spanish Colonial churches in the country, it is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture.

After more than two hundred years, San Xavier del Bac Mission is a fully functioning parish church within the Diocese of Tucson.

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