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. Arrange to visit Mission San Xavier Del Bac and other attractions in Tucson using our Tucson trip itinerary builder .
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  • October 3, 2017
    My wife and I have been here numerous times. It is a must see for visitors to Tucson. The original, authentic exterior and interior give a glimpse into the lives and culture of the period. An excellen...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    A beautiful mission with so much history. Just south of Tucson the drive and visit takes about 3 hrs. Go during the week if possible to avoid big crowds. We arrived just in time for the guided tour wi...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This make a nice trip for visitors to Tucson, It is only a few miles South of downtown Tucson so it's not out of the way. One can get a taste of native food when you first park your vehicle. There are...  more »
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  • October 6, 2017
    This is a great place to stop by and enjoy a walk. Very peaceful and relaxing. We went in the morning, before it got to hot. Went up the hill and all around the mission.
  • September 5, 2017
    There are many artistic paintings and statues inside this beautiful historic church. Definitely will stop by here again next time if I'm going to Tucson, Arizona. Also tried the fried Indian bread sold outside this church by the locals, it tasted good.
  • September 29, 2017
    Very cool place to visit. The architecture and murals are very interesting. We visited during the week and it wasn't busy at all.
  • July 28, 2017
    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.
  • August 5, 2017
    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.

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