San Xavier del Bac is a treasure of southwestern history. An 18th century religious beacon that calls all to experience. Whether your interests lie in religion, history or art, San Xavier del Bac is an attraction you don’t want to miss when visiting Tucson and Southern Arizona.
It’s a destination of Catholic pilgrimage where locals and visitors pray to Saint Francis for intercessory prayer to God. San Xavier del Bac is a magnet to those that appreciate art, statues, sculptures and paintings of its original times. The interior is filled with brightly painted carvings of apostles and saints and ornate décor statues that are actually draped in real clothing.
Today, San Xavier del Bac is affectionately call the “White Dove of the Desert” and stately sits on the land of the Tohono O’odham Indians who have protected the mission for hundreds of years. It’s located just 10 miles southwest of Tucson Arizona; convenient to hotels, resorts, restaurants and other Southern Arizona vacation and tourist destinations including Nogales Sonora Mexico, a short driving distance from Tucson.
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.