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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 121 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Cultural
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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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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Stunning mission church minutes from downtown Tucson. Call for the schedule of Free docent tours which highlight the founding of the mission in the early 18th century and the extraordinary interior of this little jewel. It's on the Indian reservations so weekends there is local fare to eat and artwork to admire and purchase. It's costly to maintain this treasure... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Just south of Tucson sits a piece of history being preserved and truly a treasure. The mission is one of the oldest in the US and stands proudly in the desert, gleaming white and inside the ornate paintings and statues are nothing less then amazing. On the weekends the local have shops set up so indian fry bread is a... More

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Salem, OR
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

It was fantastic to see. When you drive by it from the freeway, it shines up so bright because of its whiteness. I love seeing old buildings. Worth it to see it.

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Cincinnati
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A visit to Mission San Xavier del Bac founded by a Jesuit Father in 1700 was a must since I had eight years of Jesuit schooling. Construction of the original church is still not complete as can easily be seen when comparing the two bell towers. The interior of the church is small, but the murals and the alter are... More

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Toronto
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This Church is a step back in time. The original structure started in the 1850 era evolved into a beautiful ornate church. The guided tour is very informative and it is amazing to hear the native americans kept religion alive when no priests were there. The church is a work of art and ongoing restoration. the stories are fantastic an... More

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Both inside and out. Make sure your camera is working and that you have plenty of batteries. Climb the hill first, all the way, get a good bird's eye view, then trek back down and prowl the grounds. It is a working church so there may be services, baptisms, weddings, or as in our case a funeral... More

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Very glad to visit this incredible church, just south of Tucson. Very impressive history and culture.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a place I go back to often and take all my guest to visit. Easy to get to off the freeway, some nice shops, and snacks.

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Managua
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Beautiful old mission out in the desert, still operational. I went there hoping to attend Mass but the priest was out that day. However the setting is beautiful, the church is gorgeous (almost baroque inside, to my surprise) and there is an interesting museum. I would like to go back and spend half a day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This mission was spectacular. All of the architecture and paintings were amazing. It was a different type of environment when you entered the building. Also the little shops across from the church were pretty cool too! even met Joe Bigay!

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