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Founded in 1692, the “white dove of the desert” is considered one of the finest mission cathedrals in the American Southwest. Its white-stucco exterior, twin colonial bell towers, rich Baroque entry and lavish interior are simply stunning. The cathedral, just south of Tucson, is situated on the Tohono O’odham’s San Xavier Indian Reservation, and a marketplace of food and craft stalls near the mission create a small square. 

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San Xavier del Bac Mission

Founded in 1692, the “white dove of the desert” is considered one of the finest mission cathedrals in the American Southwest. Its white-stucco exterior, twin colonial bell towers, rich Baroque entry and lavish interior are simply stunning. The cathedral, just south of Tucson, is situated on the Tohono O’odham’s San Xavier Indian Reservation, and a marketplace of food and craft stalls near the mission create a small square.