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“A jewel in the desert”

Mission San Xavier del Bac
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$149.99*
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix
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$103.89*
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #5 of 304 things to do in Tucson
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed September 23, 2012

A wonderful example of Spanish missions south of Tucson. Beautifully restored with authentic materials. Full of character and charm. Cool inside when it's hot out. Worth the short drive south of downtown.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This mission is so beautiful outside but inside is wow. I cann't think of the words
that would describe the inside. Something was kind of creepy to me (sorry) and
it was the mummified body of a St Francis. People were standing in line to put little
gold pins on it and one man lifted it up into a sitting position. You can touch it.
Outside on this Sunday they had vendors who sold fry bread which was very good.
This was a unique adventure and I am glad i saw it for myself

Thank merrylargo
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This is a must if you visit Tucson. It's very easy to find as its just off a main highway.
The pure blue skies set off this pure white building. Take your time and take in this inspiring building, a great half day out.

Thank Jon C
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

The mission is a great example of southwestern architecture. It is still an active Catholic Church, so if a service is in progress, no pictures are allowed inside the sanctuary. If no service is in session, snap away!!! The art and decor of the sanctuary is absolutely magnificent. If you feel up to, you can also walk up to the top of the hill adjoining the property. The view from the top is fantastic. There is no fee to visit, but donations are welcome. For those with limited mobility, there are probably some areas you may not be able to see.

There are usually vendors in the parking lot areas, serving fresh Indian Bread served almost any way you want, as well as other local favorites.

Thank BD_IC_2801
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

This historical mission is a must see if you come to Tucson! It is free though they do take donations. They still have mass there so during that time you can't see inside the church and you don't want to miss that! The architecture is amazing and from the 1700's a lot of it is still original!!! You can get a guided tour with lots of info to amaze you too!!!

Thank pjh1295
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