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“Magnificent!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac
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$103.89*
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Tucson Day Tour
Ranked #5 of 275 things to do in Tucson
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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.
Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Tucson, Arizona, Usa
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Aptly named the White Dove of the Desert.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Tucson, Arizona
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“A quiet place to be in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Mission San Xavier del Back rises out of the desert as an image of white serenity. Just drive south of Tucson on 19 (just off 10) and you will see it off to the right. Much of the interior ceiling murals have been lovingly restored and well worth seeing. Take a hike around the area, sit in quiet meditation within the sanctuary, visit the gift shop and the artist shops across the road. The tour through the property will give you some information on the area and the history of the mission as well.

Visited August 2012
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Tucson, AZ
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“History and religion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Even for a "reformed" catholic like me, it instills a sense of wonder. This is an active mission (church), so be respectful and quiet. Much Indian and Mexican history. Nice stained glass and old things. You can hike a bit and see some other areas of worship. It is very inspirational. They often sell Indian Fry Bread in the parking lot.

Visited November 2012
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