Mission San Xavier del Bac

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On weekends, locals often sell fry bread and other foods under mesquite shelters in front of the mission.

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1950 W. San Xavier Rd
Tucson, AZ 85746


520 294 2624


The Mission San Xavier del Bac, also called the White Dove of the Desert, is nearly as iconic an image to Tucson as sunsets and saguaros. Built between 1783 and 1797, San Xavier del Bac is still an active Roman Catholic church for Tohono O'odham on the San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mission weaves together Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican Renaissance styles and is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the United States. The Mission San Xavier de Bac should be at or near the top of any visitor's list.


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