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11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
Mission San Jose de Tumacacori, Arizona

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Mission San Jose de Tumacacori, Arizona

This historic mission in what is now Arizona was built in the early 1800s. It took a long time to complete this building, with the mission's monks selling land to local ranchers to fund the construction. Today, Tumacacori is part of a national historic park, so the buildings are easily accessible and well-preserved. This abandoned mission is a great example of the authentic architecture that once defined the area that is now the American Southwest.