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June 22, 1995 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Mission San Xavier del Bac has been called the Sistine Chapel of the United States. It is this city's signature example of its Spanish past, a booming tourist attraction and a parish church to Catholics of the Tohono O'odham tribe, who have worshiped there for more than 200 years. But by the late 1980s, the church had sunk into such disrepair that parts of it were collapsing. The extent of the decay became evident in 1989, when plaster began falling off the walls around the sanctuary.
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June 22, 1995 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Mission San Xavier del Bac has been called the Sistine Chapel of the United States. It is this city's signature example of its Spanish past, a booming tourist attraction and a parish church to Catholics of the Tohono O'odham tribe, who have worshiped there for more than 200 years. But by the late 1980s, the church had sunk into such disrepair that parts of it were collapsing. The extent of the decay became evident in 1989, when plaster began falling off the walls around the sanctuary.
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