Mission San Xavier del Bac
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
|About these ratings|
Sitting just south of Tucson near the airport, Mission San Xavier del Bac (known as the White Dove of the Desert) is a stunning example of 18th-century architecture. Influenced by Moorish, Byzantine, Renaissance and Mexican architectural styles, this active Roman Catholic Church is worth visiting just for the photo ops, travelers say. One TripAdvisor user describes the mission as "an icon in the desert, history and beauty at your fingertips." Visitors are invited to tour the mission as an architectural site or sit in on weekly mass.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but if you happen to pop in during a service, remember to be respectful to the congregation. The mass schedule is posted on the mission's website. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.