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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  • An active parish in a beautiful historic church. It is a short drive south of Tucson center, but it will take you back to the days of yore. This is a well-preserved historic structure with a team of g...  more »
  • We arrived just after morning turmoil so as not to disturb any parishioners. The parking lot could use some TLC, but the building looks its age, being on sacred grown,the mission its self is very impr...  more »
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  • What an interesting place to go. Take the free tour! Packed full of information. History is really good. Elaborate mission. This is a do not miss. No charge but donations appreciated. The Indian Fry bread is really good too.
  • Amazingly beautiful old white mission against a blue sky in Tucson!! It was easy to find, parking was adequate, and although there were some things for sale there, it was free!! A wedding was about to be performed when we were there in February. It was charming and made a great short stop as we enjoyed the sites in Tucson!

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