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The Santa Cruz River Valley runs due north and south between Tucson and Nogales Arizona. It contains two significant missions and several other early colonial settlements. These are some snapshots I took of the two missions.
San Xavier del Bac (constructed 1783-1797 and sometimes considered the best existing example of Spanish colonial architecture in the US)
Exterior--One tower is scaffolded because a past effort at preserving the adobe structure used concrete stucco which actually damages the adobe by retaining moisture. It is being removed and a stucco of lime and cactus juice similar to what the builders would have used is being applied.
A side chapel and courtyard
The main altar
A side altar
The rear of the nave
Detail of a typical cieling in a southwest adobe
"Grotto Hill" outside the church
San Jose de Tumacacori (constructed 1691 and after)
The round central building in this shot is a food storage building