MAGDALENA DE KINO
Traveling to Magdalena is like going deep into a religious, cultural, and historic experience. San Francisco Javier festivals, for example, attracts thousands of people from all over the State, who carry out their “offerings” to the church where the saint’s image rests. The name and spirit of this city are deeply linked with the evangelist Eusebio Francisco Kino because here is where his remains rest and it is the place the he founded during a visit and named it María Magdalena de Biquibaba, in 1687.
TRAVELING TO MAGDALENA IS LIKE GOING DEEP INTO A RELIGIOUS, CULTURAL, AND HISTORIC EXPERIENCE. San Francisco Javier festivals, for example, attracts thousands of people from all over the State, who carry out their “offerings” to the church where the saint’s image rests. The name and spirit of this city are deeply linked with the evangelist Eusebio Francisco Kino because here is where his remains rest and it is the place the he founded during a visit and named it María Magdalena de Biquibaba, in 1687.
NUESTRA SEÑORA DE MARIA MAGDALENA.
This is the main religious life center of the city and the place where the image of Saint Francisco Javier is venerated. It is located in a chapel adjacent to the main temple and it was brought to this town by Father Kino. The impressive murals and architecture of the temple, built in 1832 by the father José María Pérez Llera, are worth the visit.
SAN IGNACIO DE CABORICA TEMPLE.
About 5 km north of Magdalena there’s a spiritual church that Father Kino founded back in l687. Of all his missions, this one’s architectural elements are the best preserved.
FATHER KINO MAUSOLEUM.
This is where the remains of the great evangelist of the Pimeria Alta, Eusebio Francisco Kino, have been exhibited since they where discovered in 1966. Inside the mausoleum some paintings of the Sonoran artist Nereo de la Peña dedicated to the Jesuit missionary can be admired. BUENAVENTURA’S RIDE. This recreational park has an artificial lake, a small barren island, pedal boats and swim- ming pools, all surrounded by trees. It’s located 17 km on the highway to Tubutama.
THE PRESIDENT’S SALON.
This interesting place, lo- cated indoors the City Hall of Magdalena, is where Mexican and United States Presidents Luis Echeverria and Gerald Ford held a meeting back in 1974. It is a small but fascinat- ing place where old furniture, photographs and art pottery is exhibited. 01 (632) 322 0270.
It was built in 1967 after the Father Kino remains’ discovery. From here it is possible to walk to the church, the Crypt, the Museum, the Municipal Cultural Center, the Luis Donaldo Colosio monument, the crafts zone and some of the most traditional restaurants of the city.
EUSEBIO FRANCISCO KINO MUSEUM.
Diverse objects of native cultures of the region are exhibited in this museum. Local costumes, weapons and pictures are a few examples. It is possible to admire an impressive collection of Trincheras culture pots, as well as an original certification of the remains of Father Kino.
LUIS DONALDO COLOSIO MAUSOLEUM.
At the Municipal Cemetery of Magdalena is the crypt that guards the remains of the would be candidate for President of Mexico Luis Donaldo Colosio, who died tragically in 1994.
The religious festival of San Francisco Ja- vier (September 28th thru October 5th) is the most impor- tant celebration of the city. It has regional and international representation due to the fact that they attract members of the yaqui tribe from the southern part of the state and the Papagos, from Arizona. These native communities have great devotion toward this saint.