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Mission San Xavier del Bac.
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South Side Of The Mission San Xavier del Bac. Or "White Dove of the Desert." Tucson, Arizona.
South Side Of The Mission San Xavier del Bac. Or "White Dove of the Desert." Tucson, Arizona.

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Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino, and named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order), Francis Xavier. In 1700 construction began on a church at a site nearby the current Mission. It served the community until razed by Apaches in 1770.

Today's Mission was built between 1783-1797 and is the oldest European structure in Arizona. Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

When you approach the Mission San Xavier del Bac from the surrounding desert; it is easy to see why the Mission is called the "White Dove of the Desert."

The site is also known as the “place where the water appears”, as there were once natural springs in the area. The Santa Cruz River, which now runs only part of the year, is also nearby. The Mission is situated in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot and in horseback cabalgatas.


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Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
520-294-2624
info@sanxaviermission.org

The Mission San Xavier del Bac. Tucson, Arizona is reached by taking Exit west from Interstate 19 onto W San Xavier Rd. It's on the right side.


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Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Year 1887.Tucson, Arizona.
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Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Year 1902.Tucson, Arizona.
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Facade. Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Tucson, Arizona.
Facade. Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Tucson, Arizona.
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Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Tucson, Arizona.
North Apse.
Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Tucson, Arizona.
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Tucson, Arizona.
East Apse.
Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Tucson, Arizona.

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