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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 291 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church...
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Type: Missions, Architectural buildings, Religious sites, 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stopped in on a Sunday and I was surprised to find out they still hold church services. It's a beautiful, building. You can buy candles to light. They hVe a small museum and gift shop. There are vendors set up in the parking lot selling Mexican food. We tried fry bread with honey and loved it. It's definitely worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a free site, with a free tour. They ask for donations but don't push for them. Lovely to see such a historically important place restored.

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Powell River, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area I would say this building is worth a visit, but personally, I wouldn't make a special trip. I guess if you are a Catholic it would have more appeal.

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Los Angeles, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The mission is only about a 15 minute drive from downtown Tucson and is an iconic fixture of the city. Built in the 1700's by the Franciscans the mission stands out majestically from the surroundings and gleams brightly in the sun. Inside the church and its grounds offer a look back into the early years of the Tucson culture. Docents... More 

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OLYMPIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This mission and working Catholic Church should be the first stop for travelers who plan to visit other missions in the American southwest. Much work has gone into the restoration and preservation of this church and provides an account and a vision of what most of the missions might have looked like in the early 1800's. Not being Catholic, I... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It's been several years since we have visited the Mission and we were so impressed with the conservation efforts to preserve the building. The interior frescoes, paintings, woodwork, etc., are just awesome. Well worth the trip!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Miles away a traveler can see the brilliantly white chapel just south of Tucson. Once inside, you are aware that this is one of the most inspiring chapels you've probably ever visited. The paintings on the ceiling reminded me of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The mission is very pretty. It is located almost in the middle of no where, although easy enough to find. Native American crafts and jewelry is sold there by the members of the ministry on the reservation.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Actively serving the native American community since Father Kino built it in late 1700s, this beautiful mission is the "real deal."

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Mission San Xavier del Bac (the "White Dove of the Desert") dates back to 1692 when it was founded by Father Kino. Construction of the current church took place between 1783 and 1797. Anyone interested in history, architecture or Catholic mission churches should find this National Historic Landmark of interest. The mostly restored interior features vivid paintings, carvings, frescoes, statues... More 

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