They call it the White Dove of the Desert. But it isn't a bird at all. Rather, this circa-1698 adobe mission was a beacon among the cacti and scorpions that eked out an existence in the Sonoran Desert colonized by Spain in the 17th century. Recently restored, a National Historic Landmark, it still stands proud, just 10 miles from Tucson. A stellar example of Spanish Colonial architecture, adorned with original frescoes and statuary, it draws pilgrims and visitors year-round.
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