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

Mission San Xavier del Bac
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Ranked #5 of 267 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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196 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Oldest working mission in the United States!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 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
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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
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Tucson, Arizona, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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
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“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
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