San Xavier del Bac
San Xavier Del Bac, a National
Historic Landmark and functioning parish church, is 9 miles
southwest of Tucson, Arizona, off I-19 on San Xavier Road on the
San Xavier Reservation. A self-guided tour is available daily
from 8:00am to 6:00pm except during services. Please call
520-294-2624 for further information.
Called the "White Dove of the Desert," San Xavier Del Bac is one of the most beautiful
mission church complexes in the Southwest. The original mission
was founded in 1692 by a Jesuit missionary, Father Eusebio
Francisco Kino, to serve the Sobaipuri Indians (O'odham). The
present church was built by the Franciscans between 1783-1797.
Of Baroque design, the large stuccoed church has two bell
towers, one of, which is incomplete. The church's beautiful
front portal is decorated with scrolled ornaments and sculptures
and virtually the entire interior is covered with elaborately
painted and sculpted surfaces.