San Xavier Mission – Tucson, AZ

monastery

We stopped south of Tucson to tour the San Xavier Mission – even more fun because we were in the midst of reading the two novels by Ken Follett about the building of early cathedrals.  The mission is being renovated, but the plaster figures inside are still amazing to see.

detail plaster

My eye was caught by a carved lion figure at the front of the sacristy:
lion
We enjoyed a garden of flowering cacti in the front of the mission:
garden
And a quiet courtyard in the back of the mission:
courtyard
By the way – during the drive to Tucson from New Mexico … we saw what seemed to be a rain storm in the distance – and then we noticed this sign by the side of the road:
dust
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