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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 beautiful church. Mask was required inside the mission. So peaceful and beautiful. This is an active church so access may be restricted at some times. Well worth the time. 
    A beautiful church. Mask was required inside the mission. So peaceful and beautiful. This is an active church so access may be restricted at some times. Well worth the time.  more »
  • Finally we got to visit and there was no scaffolding on the outside as they finished that portion of the renovation. Looks even more beautiful. All my other photos have some scaffolding to ruin the....  more
    Finally we got to visit and there was no scaffolding on the outside as they finished that portion of the renovation. Looks even more beautiful. All my other photos have some scaffolding to ruin the....  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.

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