San Xavier Mission

Published February 5, 2014 by Jana

When I first saw this place in the desert we were on our way to Mexico.  It looked like the Taj Majal from the distance.  It was an interesting tour. 

The mission is hundreds of years old and is still used by the local practicing Catholics.  It was a bit awkward during the tour while people were walking by to pray or whatever.  There wasn’t a service going on at the time, thankfully. 


We walked up a hill to the side to get a nice view of the Mission and the surrounding area.


There were also several stands in the parking lot selling food items.  I had my first taste of Indian Fry Bread.  Not bad, we split it 1/2 cinnamon and 1/2 plain. I tried the plain side; it was ok, probably should have added the powdered sugar to make it a little better. 


There was also a small arts & crafts section.  I met Joe Begay’s son.  He (Joe Begay) is a Navajo craftsman and actor.  His son showed us a scrapbook of him with many celebrities and the movies he was in Crocodile Dundee, Three Amigos and a bunch more).  He was actually off making a new one right now.  Don’t ask me what, I don’t remember.


This shows that the Mission is not finished.  The colorful wall is, but the brown/tan in the background is not.  The money ran out when Spain lost a couple of wars to France and they stopped work.




“I travel the world, and I’m happy to say that America is still the great melting pot – maybe a chunky stew rather than a melting pot at this point, but you know what I mean.” – Philip Glass

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