Mission San Xavier del Bac (1797)
Construction believed to have begun in 1783, and completed in 1797.
Visited November 15 2014
I almost didn’t venture down to this old Mission while I was visiting Tucson, but I am so glad I did. This mission is not only striking from the exterior, but the interior is an amazing display of dramatic, colorful and in some cases astonishing sculptures, paintings, frescos, moldings, carvings, and relics. The Nave and side chapel walls are saturated with these elements. The daylight coming through the dome windows and the hundreds of prayer candles creates a truly religious experience.
While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort