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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Saw picture of this before we went to Tucson, and wanted to see it. Very spiritual sitting inside the church.
Beautiful in early morning or late afternoon
Stunning old mission that is still active in south Tucson. Morning light would be best for photographers, however, late afternoon is also impressive.
You have to go here to see it. Bring cash and buy a candle to light. It's just off the 10 and definitely worth the stop. They do hold active services here so plan accordingly.