Mission San Xavier del Bac
Located in: Southside District
294-2624, off I-19 at exit 92. Free. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Allow 2–3 hours.Mission San Xavier del Bac is known as one of the finest examples of mission architecture in the country. Named “the White Dove of the Desert” for stark contrast between surrounding land and building. Interior is covered with recently restored intricate, handpainted frescos. South-facing exterior is usually best photographed in the late afternoon sun. The hill adjacent to the mission provides an interesting angle.
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Enjoyed very much. Worth seeing. Bought Indian art in gift store. Had an Indian taco when we left. Maybe 10 vendors selling homemade Indian fry bread outside mission. The best.! A must!
A Hidden Surprise
A beautiful mission. There is a guided tour as well as being an active church. There were Native Americans selling food in the parking area.
Visiting a 1790's Catholic Mission
Historic European style Architecture. The place is well kept and quite beautiful. Doing a self guided tour here isn't really conducive to understanding the importance of this structure and it's...