Just south of Tucson is the stunning, yet often overlooked San Xavier del Bac Mission. "The White Dove of the Desert" is a jewel among missions in the Desert Southwest. Known for its beautiful lines outside and amazing detail inside, the church is in the process of restoration and preservation that is an ongoing project, the interior alone taking 6 years--finishing in 1997.
Likeness of St. Francis--Patron Saint of San Xavier
The exterior is still undergoing restoration, as evidenced by the difference between the two towers shown below:
Although restoration is ongoing, the church is still active--holding regular services. The mission is open 7 days a week, free of charge, but donations are appreciated.
To learn more about the San Xavier del Bac Mission, visit their website.