Mission San Xavier del Bac

Top 1% of attractions in Tucson
9 / 10

11 expert reviews

“A blindingly white adobe building that rises from a serene, brown landscape.”

– Frommer's

Fodor's Fodor's
"The oldest Catholic church in the United States still serving the community for which it was built." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"Tour the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert; it’s often cited as the finest intact example of Mission architecture in the Southwest." Full review
Afar Magazine Afar Magazine
"The 'white dove of the desert' is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, and it still serves as a parish church for the Tohono O'odham people." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"Founded in 1692, the “white dove of the desert” is considered one of the finest mission cathedrals in the American Southwest." Full review
Michelin Guide Michelin Guide
2 Stars
"Throughout are statues and carvings. Small handmade objects with ribbons, milagros, are left by people who are seeking a miracle or are giving thanks for one already granted." Full review
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