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What To Photograph At The San Xavier Mission

Author : Rick Valence

A place of beauty and spirituality, the San Xavier Mission is one of the most photographed spiritual places in the United States. Located just outside of Tucson, it was named for the founder of a Jesuit priesthood order in 1699. A thing of beauty, this is truly a place of hope and inspiration that awaits all that journey to the Tucson area. This article is all about the Southern Arizona Mission and the wonderful photographic opportunities to be found there.

The Mission was later run by the Franciscan Monks. This was because of the Spanish King's distrust of the Jesuit priesthood. The Moorish inspired design of the building is one item that deserves to be photographed. The paintings, carvings, frescoes and statues are beatifically arranged along the Latin cross inspired floor plan of the interior.

The San Xavier Mission is known as the "White Dove of the Desert" because of the stucco that shines so brightly in the desert sun. This too is worth a few frames just to capture its opulent splendor. Again inside, you will want to immortalize the arches in the ceiling. Do not miss the altar; it is a thing of pristine beauty.

The Santa Cruz River is a river that runs underground near the mission. A lot of people in the past came here because of that. The river had springs that would appear periodically but of course that all depended on the amount of precipitin in the area.

After spending a day paying your respects to the pilgrims that made such a wonderful site possible, you can visit any number of horse ranches. Take a day ride among the pines or out onto the desert floor. Here too you will find a lot of things that is worthy of being photographed.

The most interesting thing about the San Xavier Mission is its architecture that has influences from the Spanish, Moorish and Native American cultures. To see how they blend together to create a monument that is at once beautiful and awe inspiring is a sight to behold.

It is a testament to the mission that it is still active as a religious sanctuary. Services are held daily for the local and tourists who are devout enough to attend. It is for this reason that you are asked to be mindful when snapping pictures, and to also treat the Mission and its occupants with respect.

The mission is rife with lore and legend like the tale that the reasons one dome was left unfinished was to avoid taxation. Whatever the reason, it makes the place all the more interesting to sightseers and historians. If you get the chance to visit Arizona, make this a must see destination on your list of things to do while visiting the Tucson area.

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Rick Valence is a digital camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. When Rick isnt researching camera repairs for his companys blog, he is committed to his desire to travel the world, listen to good music, and experience life through art.

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Tags:   az, arizona, photo, photography, San Xavier, mission, church, landmark, tucson, architecture

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