We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Oldest working mission in the United States!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
520-294-2624
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$150*
and up
Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier...
Ranked #5 of 162 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Missions, Sights & Landmarks
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Oldest working mission in the United States!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

See the true southwest museum within the mission...amazing photos...light a candle for your loved ones..purchase in the gift shop prior to entering church...Look up what "mission" means prior to visiting! Father Kinos signature is on the back of the door that enters the altar...eat indian fry bread outside church!

Visited April 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,229 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    841
    324
    54
    8
    2
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Historic, beautiful white dove of the desert. I went on a docent led tour of the mission, couldn't have been happier. Very knowledgeable and interesting woman led us through the mission - approx 45 minutes and then did some exploring and picture taking. Learned so many facts about the mission I would have missed out on had I not taken the tour. The ornate chapel is unbelievable - you have to see it first hand - photos do not do it justice. Take a couple hours to see this jewel and take the tour!

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The restored interior is awe inspiring. I've always loved going to "the Mission" and my recent visit was no exception. A visit to Tucson is not complete without a visit to San Xavier.

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tucson, Arizona, Usa
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Travel back in time see the Mission San Xavier Built around the 1400"s by Francisco Friers Fully Restored to its beauty Standing on the Banks of the Santa Cruz River just 5 miles out of town

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Aptly named the White Dove of the Desert.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The mission is one of the oldest and most unique in the southwest. As our docent pointed out, the Patronato of the mission are not trying to restore it but to maintain it in it’s antiquity. So, the façade, though still beautiful, show the weathering of the centuries. The interior artwork has been cleaned of the soot from fires built by parishioners inside the sanctuary to warm themselves during the winter. Anyone who likes history and folk-art will love San Xavier.

Visited July 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Mission San Xavier del Bac also viewed

 

Been to Mission San Xavier del Bac? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mission San Xavier del Bac, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.