This Breathtaking Mission In Arizona Is Loaded With History

Arizona’s architectural history reaches far beyond its 19th century territorial days. Spanish missions—outposts that combined religious and military presence in the New World—were outposts that combined religious and military presence in the New World and these began popping up in Mexico just a few short decades after Columbus stumbled upon the Americas.

The first were established in Arizona in 1629 on Hopi land and attempted to spread throughout the region. However, a number of revolts from the Indigenous peoples led to only six missions surviving to this day in varying states of decay, a slim number compared to how many you can find in Mexico, California, and New Mexico. These few are treasured today and a lot of effort has been put forth to preserve what’s left of the sites.

Today we’re going to take a look at one of the best preserved Spanish missions in the country, our White Dove of the Desert:

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Want to check out more examples of beautiful churches in Arizona? Check out our article that features 15 churches and chapels across Arizona. You might find that you recognize a couple.