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Mission San Xavier del Bac is a National Historic Landmark founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled from New Spain and Spanish Franciscans took over the Mission in 1768. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. It’s the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with beautiful original statuary and mural paintings. It retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.
It is constructed of low-fire clay brick, stone and lime mortor, the entire structure is roofed with masonary vaults, making it unique among Spanish Colonial buildings within U. S. borders. An earthquake in 1887 knocked down the mortuary wall and damaged parts of the church. Extensive repairs began in 1905. Restoration efforts have continued over the years. As you can see in this image, the exterior is only about 50 percent restored.
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The photo was taken with a Canon EOS D60, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/250 sec at f/9.5, ISO 100 on Lexar Digital Film.