The White Dove of the Desert, aka Mission San Xavier del Bac, is one of the many Catholic missions in the American Southwest. It’s part of a series of missions trailing north into Arizona from Mexico. The White Dove was founded by Franciscan friars in the late 1700s, and continues as an active Catholic church today. With its whitewashed walls, ornate interior, and garden courtyard, this is one of the more intriguing missions in the southwest.

It is located 9 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona.  There is much to see in this part of Arizona, including Saguaro (cactus) National Park, Kitt Peak Observatory, Colossal Cave, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West, and Tucson Botanical Gardens.

The main building was undergoing restoration when I visited, so I was not able to get any pictures of the amazing facade, but I did get these cool shots. Click on the images to enlarge, and don’t forget to comment to let me know your thoughts.

Ornate interior

Interior dome with amazing painted surfaces (no tile or marble here)

Enter here to say a prayer and light a candle

Welcoming interior courtyard

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4 Comments on The White Dove of the Desert, Tucson, Arizona

  1. Mary says:

    It really is quite striking. There is also a large hill closeby, with a cross at the top. I did not climb the hill, as it was quite hot that day. I’m sure it provides a great view of the mission and surrounding desert.

  2. Lucie says:

    It just makes me feel like going back to Arizona for visiting the mission.
    I love the contrast in the pictures: Pure white on deep blue!

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