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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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Port Sanilac, Michigan, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The Mission was completed in 1797. We were amazed that even though it is old it still is so unique and beautiful. The interior is quite special even though at the time we saw it parts of the inside were being restored so difficult to view those areas but most of the inside was visable and worth your time to... More

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Surprise, Arizona
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11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The church was built over many years by the indigenous people of the area and reflects their deep faith as expressed by the myriad statues, frescoes, and pictures found throughout the nave and altar areas. The simple whitewashed domes can be seen from afar and are dramatic contrast to the desert locale.

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Baughurst, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A remarkable and surreal monument to the early European discovery of the Southwest and their approach to its indigenous people. Don't get us wrong, this is a beautiful piece of architecture, magnificently preserved and presented. Standing proud in the surrounding desert it, and it's accompanying museum are a 'must see'. It really puts the early history of Arizona in the... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the oldest active missions in the US. While it felt like this was a little off the beaten path, it was worth the trip out of the city just to walk inside this amazing mission that has survived so much history. The building sustained some damage during an 1887 earthquake and is currently being restored. There... More

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Seattle, Washington
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38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

San Xavier is the northern most existing Spanish Mission in Arizona. Lots of restoration work has been done. To some it may appear to be rustic but I find it magical! It is a working mission to the local community. If you are a Catholic check out the Mass schedule and attend a service. Be aware that it is a... More

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Mukilteo, Washington
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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

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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29 attraction reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
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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