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White Dove of the Desert: San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ

San Xavier Mission, Tucson, AZ

It's called the White Dove of the desert.  San Xavier del Bac Mission, just south of Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest continuously used structures in the West.  I believe it's the oldest continually used Catholic Church in the United States.  Construction began in 1783, and the mission was completed in 1797.

This Sunday evening, Ginny and I drove to San Xavier del Bac at sunset to share its beauty with you.  Thanks for stopping by; come back soon.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsMike Jones • October 18 2009 11:30PM

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It almost looks moorish, Mike.  There is a Mormon temple overlooking the freeway on the way to San Diego from here, that has this kind of ethereal look.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

It sure is beautiful Mike!  It's looks like a magical castle :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Wow it looks like Greece!  Amazing! :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

Liz,

That's the effect of the whitewash exterior.

Sally,

It certainly is beautiful!

Jane,

Click the link to read all about the structure.  Here's something from their website:

"San Xavier Mission is acclaimed by many to be the finest example of mission architecture in the United States.  It is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture, yet the blending is so complete it is hard to tell where one type begins and another ends."

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Great photo of the exterior Mike!  You don't often get a glimpse from that angle - which really shows it as "The White Dove of the Desert".  I took my Mom & Dad there for Mother's Day in 2008 - here are some shots of the interior.

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago

Kent,

Thanks for the link!  I've never seen a photo from this angle.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Ooh, am I good :) 

I am now in Speechless Sundays.  So difficult to keep up.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

BTW - Mike - I gave your name & contact info to some folks today...hopefully it will pan out into us working together on another deal!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago

It's like an oasis in the desert.  BTW, I like your new picture!

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 10 years ago

Leolinda,

It certainly looks like one.  And thanks!

Kent,

Thank you!  I'll look for a call.

Jane,

Yes you are!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Hey Mike - Beautiful shot!  We'll put that on our list for the next time we are out to Tucson.

Posted by John Morgan about 10 years ago

JD,

It's only 26 minutes away!  Are you thinking next week?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike, it is good to know that some of these old missions are still being used and what a beauty it is.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 10 years ago

Mike - Does it look as spectacular on the inside as it doe on the outside? This is a beautiful picture, keep them coming.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Larry,

Courtesy of Kent Simpson,

here are some shots of the interior.

Don,

This one certainly is.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Beautiful 'building' and I love the clouds in the background. Heavenly! Thank you.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

Mike,

Very nice capture!   The name "White Dove of the Desert" fits perfectly for this structure as seen in your beautiful photo.

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR about 10 years ago

Love that new picture of your head rising out of the desert!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) about 10 years ago

It doesn't look like what I would think of as a Catholic church. Love to see inside.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 10 years ago

Great capture Mike and it doesn't look like anything form the US!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 10 years ago

Mike  Wow - you had history going on there at the same time we did here in the east  :)  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 10 years ago

Mike,

You've done it again.

This is inspiring, it's gorgeous.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

Beautiful, Mike.  I love the shot from that angle.  Great composition, in my opinion.

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Doreen,

Thanks for the encouragement!

Bill,

Ditto my response to Doreen!  Thanks for stopping by.

Karen,

There's a bronze statue of Father Kino, the founder of the mission, riding a horse.  I'll have to get a photo.

Robert,

For 115 years, it wasn't part of the United States!  Arizona was admitted to the Union as a State by President Taft in 1912.

Terry & Bonnie,

Click the active link above in Comment #5 by Kent Simpson to see and explore the interior of the mission.

Ann,

I'm buried up to my neck waiting for the ants to devour me.  LOL

Gerry,

Thanks!

Susie,

You're welcome.  Thanks for calling the other day.

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

I came back to let you know I stole this photo.  It's down loaded to my desk top.  :-) 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Doreen,

Mucho gusto!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

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