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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Address: 1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
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+1 520-294-2624

Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing...

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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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix

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Enchanting, wonderful and historic

An amazing story when you think of a monk going into the middle of the desert in 1690s. The current church is from 1790s and is nicely restored while maintaining much of the... read more

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Chuck M
Woodstock, Georgia
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Woodstock, Georgia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An amazing story when you think of a monk going into the middle of the desert in 1690s. The current church is from 1790s and is nicely restored while maintaining much of the original feel. Worth the 30 min drive from Tucson. Plan at least 2 hrs to enjoy, reflect and admire

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were coming back for the Sonora Desert and looked on TripAdvisor what was in the area and found the Mission. You have to drive only a little off the main interstate and then into home and farm lands You will see it before you arrive. When you get there the parking is in front. You can either take a... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must see for people who are interested in the history of the southwest. It is easy to find as you can see it from I-19 going to Nogales. Parts of the mission are closed off for repairs. You must find the cat and mouse that are located on the front façade of the mission. A gentleman told... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to visit. Try to take the guided tour. When we first arrived we did the self guided tour. As we were heading out we noticed a guided tour being offered. We decided to stay and check the guided tour out. The guide was wonderful and we really learned so much more about the rich history of the... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an active church so be respectful if a service is in progress. The restoration work looks great. Take a tour to learn the mission's history - well worth it. Often there are fry bread vendors in the parking lot if you're hungry.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful and stunning buildings! We really enjoyed the amazing architecture and beautiful grounds. There is a gift shop with interesting items.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the historic church and buildings. Beautiful!! It is worth seeing for all family members. A lovely site.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This definitely a must for any visitor to Tucson and even worth a return visit for locals. A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

On the way to Tubac, and a bit off the road, but don't miss it. It is being restored to its full glory.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely half day trip on the outskirts of south Tucson. A beautiful old mission, with an interesting tale to tell. Try vintage food in the parking area, native flat bread made the original way and other native food examples. If you visit during June, July, August and September, be sure to do so in the morning. It'll be too... More 

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