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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. Arrange to visit Mission San Xavier del Bac and other attractions in Tucson using our Tucson trip itinerary builder.
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  • A must see if you are in Tucson. The architecture on the outside and the detail on the inside so breathtaking! I was in tears taking in the beauty and history definitely a must see. In awe of its... 
    A must see if you are in Tucson. The architecture on the outside and the detail on the inside so breathtaking! I was in tears taking in the beauty and history definitely a must see. In awe of its...  more »
  • This beautiful National Historic Landmark rises out of the desert and can be seen for miles around. Can you just imagine the wonder and amazement of an early settler who happened upon it in the... 
    This beautiful National Historic Landmark rises out of the desert and can be seen for miles around. Can you just imagine the wonder and amazement of an early settler who happened upon it in the...  more »
  • The artistry and craftsmanship of the Mission are exquisite. The woodwork is beautiful, and the thought that someone hundreds of years ago carved that as an expression of love and devotion to God is.....  more
    The artistry and craftsmanship of the Mission are exquisite. The woodwork is beautiful, and the thought that someone hundreds of years ago carved that as an expression of love and devotion to God is.....  more »
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  • Beautiful little place with a lot of history. The architecture of the building is wonderful, and there is some very sympathetic restoration happening to keep the Mission looking as great as it is. The staff here are amazing, really helpful, and very knowledgeable. The insides of the buildings are exquisite with the carvings and hand painted murals and walls. Great gift shops selling authentic art and handcrafted goods on site. Nice place to visit. Will take about 60 to 90 minutes to look around everything.
  • An active parish and important historical place. Beautiful and engaging. Moderately maintained by volunteer contributions. Moving, inspiring and historically significant. Quiet enough to spend time in prayer and reflection. A special chapel for remembering the dead, sick and beloved.
  • Gorgeous chapel, unfortunately under renovations on one side at the time we visited. Lots of people on the weekend! There is a cute gift shop on the right and vendors set up tents in the front selling various food items. Parking is somewhat limited during busy times.
  • A fascinating church and associated grounds to visit again and again. More renovations are currently taking place, and the church's exterior will be resplendent in white once complete. We've been here multiple times, including during a pow-wow, and the O'odham members who operate things are welcoming. Stop by the gift shop for a good selection of souvenirs, and try some fry bread out front. Keep in mind that this is an active church, so check to see when Mass is scheduled before you visit. Whether or not you're Catholic (we aren't), this is a must-see destination when in the Tucson area.
  • Wow! Glad we made the detour to tour this hidden gem in the desert! A historic site that is well preserved and still operates! Beautiful desertscaped courtyards! Nice gift shop! Let's help support to preserve this treasure!

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