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Published: October 10th 2013
We took a really nice self-guided walking tour of Tucson today. Yesterday high winds blew in a cold front from California, so this morning it was quite chilly and cloudy. Therefore, the vivid colors of the architecture are somewhat muted in our pictures.
The Spanish Colonial Revival style Pima County Courthouse with its bright cerulean mosaic dome is the centerpiece of the government buildings.
In the 1770’s the Spanish built a walled fortress (presidio), marking the northwest edge of the Spanish frontier in Arizona. Parts of the 10 feet high adobe walls, as well as some adobe houses, still remain. Recent excavations under the wall uncovered remains of Hohokam Indians, circa 800 A. D. This provides evidence that Tucson is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in America.
The St. Augustine Cathedral was begun in 1896. The ornate sandstone façade features saguaro cacti and horned lizards. Inside the tromp d’oeuil murals look three-dimensional. This cathedral is such a beautiful blend of classic cathedral architecture and southwest art.
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