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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 #6 of 181 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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Toronto
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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Groton, CT
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

This is not only a beautiful Spanish Mission but the history is well presented. The view alone is worth the visit.

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Issaquah, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The mission is in the midst of much needed renovation. The beauty and magnitude can be experienced but be prepared for a large amount of disrepair. The site takes less only 30minutes or so to visit. I recommend making this your last stop prior to departure since it is so close to the airport.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Architecture that shouldn't be missed. Historically important. A chance to try Native American fry bread.

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Central Coast California
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Coming from California I am familiar with our 21 chain of Missions. The ones I've visited are in the middle of a town or city. We were in a stark area of desert on the road to find Mission San Xavier Bac. I thought we had to get into town to see the Mission. But it almost pop-up and suddenly... More

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