In the middle of the desert, in the territory of Tohono O’odham tribe, San Xavier Mission stands tall. The Indian tribe Tohono O’odham is a nation with a population of more than 24,000 people. On the official website of the Mission, http://www.sanxaviermission.org, it is described when and how this big church was built.
“A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.”
We met the couple that restaurateurs the church.