While we were in Tucson we visited one of my favorite churches. Mission San Xavier del Bac. 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. Most of the labor was provided by the local Indians, and many believe they provided most or all of the artisans as well. The floor plan of the church resembles the classic Latin cross. The dome above the transept is 52 feet high. At least three different artists painted the artwork inside the church. It is considered by many to be the finest example of Spanish mission architecture in the United States
One of the most surprising things we learned on the tour was there were no survival provisions made for the crews after the bombing. The facilities were not set up to be bomb shelters. Once the keys were turned and the missiles launched the crews would meet the same fate as the rest of us.