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Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
520-294-2624
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Ranked #6 of 177 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Missions, Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside... more » 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. « less
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Mukilteo, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

From a distance the sun sparkled off the mission creating a vision of clear alabastor beauty. Entering the church was a step back in history decorated with classical art. 700 years it has served the south Tucson community. Even though restoration is on-going, the experieence was like entering the arms of God...meditative, peaceful, quiet, and educational.

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Wellsford, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Visited San Xavier mission and found a beautiful old mission building being lovingly and faithfully restored. Joined a Docent tour and marvelled at his knowledge and the history of this mission. Has to be seen to be appreciated. A must visit if you are in the Tucson area. 2 hour drive from Phoenix is well worth it. Their website gave... More

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Sedona, Arizona
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6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Only a few minutes from downtown Tucson and worth the trip. We have seen several missions up and down the coast of California and now have added this one in Arizona to our list. Beautiful frescos inside the church and quite a history with heavy Native American heritage. Quite a little jewel in the desert.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Incredible time capsule, preserved by the native-americans when the church was abandoned by the hierarchy and left to deteriorate. As it was returned to pastoral some 70 years later, the original decoration was mostly untouched, so it offers a glimpse at the piety and worship of the franciscan friars and their converts in 1700 to mid-1800. The artists and workmen... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the highlights of our visit to Tucson. A great place to visit first thing in the day, particularly for photographers who might prefer the better light in the morning on the magnificent front of the mission. Lots of dogs running around the area as if they are in free range heaven, although they may be strays or supported... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Stopped here on our way to Tubac. The mission is lovely & worth a visit especially as it plays a part in the history of the area. We spent about 45 minutes wandering around.

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were told to visit this Mission during our visit to Tuscon and we were not disappointed! Entrance is free (always a plus!) and the design was beautiful to me. The gift store around the corner was also stocked with great items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is very interesting to walk through the old mission and see the hand carve figurines. Back in time in the life of the mission. A couple of gift shops are nice to visit and don't forget to stop at the fry bread stand. That's a gotta stop and try item!

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Dallas, Oregon
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186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

San Xavier is one of several nicely maintained mission churches established by Roman Catholic priests in early California. Like the others, it's a lovely spot to meditate and temporarily forget everyday cares. It's always enjoyable to include these visits on vacation getaways.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Mission is extremely well maintained. Amazing interior and altar is jaw dropping. Definitely a stop worth making.

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