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Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
520-294-2624
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier...
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Ranked #5 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Cultural
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Cultural
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I love to visit historic churches and this is beautiful. Been here several times with family. Not so interesting for the very young but the olders appreciate its history

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The mission includes the church and the museum. As in all churches, be quiet and respectful. Photos are allowed, when services are not being held. The museum tells about the history of the region, as well as the mission. Food is available across the parking lot in a small plaza.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a must-visit when in Tucson. The church itself is beautiful, as are the grounds. As I was walking up to the Mission, I felt like I was in an old western. There is a small museum on the grounds which gives information about the history of the church and the area's early settlers. There... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 NEW

It is a beautiful historical structure in the middle of the desert. The inside is almost fully renovated and wonderfully ornate. We took the docent tour which was very informative and free. It was a great way to spend the morning.

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Burleson, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

What an exquisite piece of History in the middle of nowhere it seems. It doesn't take long to go through.

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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is an active mission which offers docent tours to encourage visits and raise funds. We took 2 tours and the quality was mixed. The mission has an incredible history and the scenery was worth the visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

San Xavier del Bac Mission is located 9 miles south of Tuscon, AZ. If you're coming from the metro Phoenix area it's well worth the approx. 1 1/2-2 hour drive. San Xavier is an 18th century mission; considered the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. The mission and its adjacent building are a wonderful example of living history, with services... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A short drive from downtown Tucson, the "White Dove of the Desert" is a must-see. It is open 9-5 daily and features a museum and a small gift shop. It remains a functioning Catholic church, although wedding ceremonies and funerals are conducted only for the Tohono O'odham natives. This Tucson landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a good place to take visitors as it is pretty close to Tucson. The church is beautiful and the museum gives a glimpse on how the mission came to be when the Spanish came from Mexico in 1692. Walking the path up to the hill to the right gives a good view of Tucson and the valley.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I arrived here late in the day, but was still able to go inside the chapel. It is a beautiful place and well worth the drive out there. It only takes about 15 minutes from the airport. I did not have time to visit the museum so I cannot comment on that. Parking is free and you can take a... More 

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