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Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

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Religious Site
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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  • When you come to Tucson this is always first on the list. It is filled with history since this was completed in 1797. Many of the statues you will see around town are of father kino, who you will find...  more »
  • The Missions is a beautiful example of 17th century Spanish Catholic Missions. You can go on a tour or wonder the church on your own which is what we did. The inside has beautiful paintings on the cei...  more »
  • This Catholic Church and grounds is still in use today and is such a lovely, well-preserved part of the local history and culture. If you get an hour or two to drive down or stop by after going to The...  more »
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  • Very amazing place. We came right when mass started so we got to see the grounds while we were waiting. They have a small museum and gift shop. There are also food vendors right out front.
  • Calm to the Day Coming to this beautiful mission is a lesson in history and a lesson in perseverance. The carvings which in part have been ruined through the sad take of people who did not understand the value of beautiful architecture still add to the missions ambience. Constantly renovated, at this time the left hand side of the church is restored and the right is in process. No matter how you look at it from a few feet or quarter mile away it brings a feeling of calmness and quiet to the soul.
  • It is the most precious thing that exists in Southern Arizona and we need to see to it that this beautiful church continues to be restored and preserved for generations to come.
  • This is a beautifuI place to visit. It is being restored in historically correct techniques. gave this 3 stars because there aren't many pamphlets or plaques explaining the artistic or historical significance of this church.
  • We went on school field trip too this place. From our school in Tucson. Loved going to the mission. History about this place is ancient.