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Mission San Xavier del Bac

Address: 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
Phone Number: 520-294-2624
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Ranked #5 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church, loved the grotto on the hill. Had some great fry bread from stand in parking lot. Really felt like I visited Tuscon from the past.

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This beautifully-restored historic mission is interesting to see, but there's not a lot of learning to be done, as this isn't a carefully-curated museum, but rather a still-functioning church with a few explanatory displays. If you're in the vicinity, it's worth a stop-off, but if your time is limited you can afford to miss this attraction. If you haven't seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were driving to Green Valley and could see the Mission off the freeway. Decided to stop and visit. Wow! It was amazing. The inside reminded me of churches in Europe. We climbed the small hill behind it and you had a great view of the Mission and Tucson. Well worth the stop.

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Hanover, Ontario
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I actually went twice to visit this mission. The first time was on a weekday since I wanted to take the free tour that is offered. These occur at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. I would suggest checking on line http://www.patronatosanxavier.org/visit/ where you can find a daily schedule. I highly suggest taking the tour since you will learn about the... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is worth a side trip out to see. A historical mission, well preserved, with a spectacular interior and exterior to match. If you are a history buff, a can't miss. A religious person, can't miss. Don't miss walking the path up the large hill next to the mission for views of the mission and Tucson proper.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I had stopped here in the early 1980s and recall that it was in a bit of disrepair. I read about the renovations and decided to visit. I was not disappointed. They have done a great job with the structure, exterior and interior. If you stop by on the right day, there are vendors with Fried Bread that is incredible.

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The mission is easy to find and well worth the time to visit. As you walk into the church, your breath is actually taken away as you enter. Spend some time if Mass is not in session to walk around and admire the art work, carvings, wooden doors, etc. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the mission...... More 

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This place of deep faith is a must see! The Mission is the oldest still in use Mission in the country. It's a place to feel old history, stories of spirits still attached to the place and s great place to have some spiritual peace. The Indians provide some wonderful fry bread, don't miss it.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The inside is absolutely breathtaking. If you haven't gone in the last 3-5 years, you need to go back. They have just finished renovating, so its even better now then it was then. Make sure you go across to the food shops, and that you don't go when there is church in session.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

If you are a history person like myself, then you need to stop by and check out this beautiful structure and piece of Tucson history. It is easy to get to, not too far off of Route 19 and there is enough parking to handle the steady stream of visitors who stop to ooh and awe at it. It is... More 

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