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Ive been down to the Mission of San Xavier del Bac on numerous occasions and never really look at it as I did for this paper Understanding how it was built back in the late 1700s by raw brute strength and manpower Just trying to visualize people working in harsh conditions in the unmerciful desert sun to complete this magnificent structure that sits glistening in the Arizona sun The combination of structural splendor a setting of saguaro-studded desert surrounded by mountains and complex history makes for an enchanting work of art and culture Now for a brief history of the origins of the mission Father Kino a Spanish priest spreading the word of God in a new land in 1692 gets the credit for establishing the mission in the late 1600s but the present Mission wasnt built until between 1776 and 1797 San Xavier is an example of late-period Spanish Baroque Stark bare side walls contrasting sharply with an elaborate and intricately ornate entrance characterizes the style San Xavier is considered to be one of the fine examples of this style The mission is a simple and picturesque interpretation of Spanish architecture combined with undeniably native influences The mission churches were usually constructed with whatever limited materials were on hand in the case of San Xavier mission fired brick local volcanic rock plaster and timber were used The result is a stunning display of the Old World meeting the New San Xavier remains an impressive mixture of architecture sculpture and history In the early to mid 1800s the church began to deteriorate When the California gold rush began a large number of people came upon the church on their trek to California Most visitors wrote their names on the walls inside As I stopped to look at the church I could see how despite the effort of those who cherish this marvel of ancient man are fighting an never ending a battle against time and
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