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Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

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Mission 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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  • interesting mission ,great place to see some history, they really put some effort to building their churches  more »
  • We go to the mission every few months to walk around and get some frybread. It is beautiful inside and quite well preserved, definitely worth a visit as it is not far from the city and easy to locate....  more »
  • This is one of the can't-miss highlights of a visit to Tucson. It is the oldest still-active mission church in the US, and hence quite different from the California missions dating from about the sme ...  more »
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  • This is an authentic mission! NOT A TOURIST TRAP. Holy water is available free. Containers are sold in gift shop or bring your own. It's in the middle of renevations. The inside awe inspiring. I was touched by the love and care given the building. Mass is still held on Sunday.
  • The art, sculpting, and history are the prime features of this mission. Each guide gives a different tour based on personal knowledge and flair. It is truly amazing to see how dedicated the mission is to preserving spiritual heritage and culture on the reservation.
  • This is truly a special place. You can actually imagine yourself stepping back in history. If you have an opportunity, attend mass and enjoy an assortment of flat breads offered by the locals afterward.
  • The mission is a work of art and obviously a work of love. Welcoming and open to everyone. I explored all over, but decided to leave as a funeral procession came down the street toward the mission.
  • This is such an amazingly beautiful work of art! The mission is very peaceful and serene. The interior of the mission is just as beautiful! A great place for prayer and meditation.

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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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