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Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

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Founded in the 17th century, Mission San Xavier Del Bac was part of a chain of Spanish missions in the Sonora Desert. The mission was taken away from its Jesuit founders in the 18th century and turned over to the Franciscans. The Moorish design of the white building makes for an elegant landmark against the desert background. It's often referred to as the white dove of the desert. The exterior complements the meticulously crafted interior altar. No records exist with the names of the designers or builders, but local people believe that most of the work fell to the Native Americans who worked for the friars. Before you head to Tucson, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tucson vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Tucson has to offer, including Mission San Xavier Del Bac.
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  • Best preserved Spanish mission in North America, and it still serves the surrounding community. Great tour of the site that will give one an understanding of the history and role of the church in Mexi...  more »
  • If you are around Phoenix or Tuscon you need to take an easy drive to this religious icon. I count it in with my highlight visits to cathedrals and temples in Europe and Asia. It's history if of a tim...  more »
  • This structure is so beautiful. We got to go inside and see the church. We didn't get to experience it to the fullest because some areas were under construction. There is also a museum with the histor...  more »
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  • It is indeed historical. I hope they don't modernize it cuz they were 'renovating' and adding more to it. I loved the peaceful feel of the place. The tour guide was very educational and kind to answer questions. He also made it fun cuz he kept quizzing us about this place too.
  • Beautiful! The architecture and scenery is stunning. Just takes about an hour to look through. Well worth the trip. Rich with history and style.
  • As beautiful as historic! Love stopping here to spend time. The small trip of the hill may be worth it for some people while others may just stick to inside the mission. The detail inside is so beautiful.
  • Stunning spot to take photos. For the best lighting, get there 30 mins before sunset and watch the colors wash over the mission. Gorgeous.
  • The feeling of spiritually is indelibly etched into my mind. Upon meditating, I felt connected to those that passed before me ~Rim~