White Dove of the Desert

White Dove of the Desert

I love looking at historic missions and churches for their beauty and architecture. We were able to study geography, history, American Indian culture, Spanish history, religion, restoration and architecture at this beautiful mission, Mission San Xavier del Bac or the White Dove of the Desert.  The best part was the free admission and they have tours 3 times a day. We were lucky enough to be with a very small group and our tour guide had fun telling the girls stories about the church.

This is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. It originally part of New Spain, founded by a Jesuit, Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino.  This church is the second church built at this site by Franciscan, Fr. Juan Bautista Velderrain.  Antonio Herreros, a local rancher, borrowed 7,000 pesos to build the church.

Small designs throughout the church painted by natives. Our guide pointed out Snake, rabbits, and shells.  Unfortionaly, the church remains unfinished due to lack of money. However, the east tower remains uncompleted due to money.  The territory was owned by Spain, then Mexico. The Mexicans won their independence in 1821. Independence from the United States through the Gadsden Purchase in 1854.

A beautiful place to visit both for the architecture and the history.  Mission San Xavier is to this day an operating church.

About Chrissie

Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.