The Mission San José de Tumacácori provides history lessons as well as architectural and garden inspiration.
As summer is officially ending this weekend (noooooo!) with Labor Day approaching, this will be a commemorative post of that wonderful season which allows for traveling and exploring.
When we go to visit my parents in Arizona, we always try to do a few new things. We did several this trip, one of which was visiting the mission ruins of Tumacácori in the Tumacácori National Historic Park. The Mission San Xavier del Bac outside of Tucson is in beautiful condition. This one, however, is in a different state. It is still lovely and worth seeing. Just a short 45-minute drive from Tucson.
One enters through the visitor’s center where there is a museum and gift shop.
Spanish-style chairs line up to enable viewing of a short video explaining the history of Father Kino and the O’odham Indians.
The best part of visiting the mission was seeing this walled garden outside the center. There was a lovely fountain, but the highlight was the trees. There were pomegranates, pears, and figs all growing within the walls of this small garden. The climate was unique for the Arizona desert. It was arid but very fertile. Instead of the usual brown, when looking around there was overwhelming green.
After reluctantly leaving the garden, we went to see the main event.
Beautifully carved wooden doors lead into the dark church. It was reasonably cool inside considering it was summer in Arizona. The large high-ceilinged space was quite impressive in scale.
Interesting brick detail under the beamed ceiling.
The sanctuary area was simple .
Faded remnants of the decorative painting can still be seen.
Paper flowers lovingly surround an image of Jesus.
A walled cemetery sits behind the church. The round building housed the bodies of the deceased while they awaited their burial. More interesting brick details adorn the simple architecture.
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