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“Outstanding early Spanish mission”

Mission San Xavier del Bac
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US$158.99*
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier...
Ranked #6 of 316 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 2 April 2018

San Xavier del Bac is an outstanding example of an early (1690s) Spanish mission that is still in use today. It represents Spanish, and early Indian artistic influences and continues to be restored today. The small museum is interesting, but the church is the main draw. Also, the film on its restoration is fascinating, showing how restoration experts from Italy came to San Xavier to not only begin the restoration, but also to teach local Tohono O'odham people how to to do the work and maintain the church.

Thank Pat B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The first thing I take visitors to see when they come to town. A key to understanding our history. And an amazing restoration of beautiful Spanish mission religious architecture. Everyone I've taken had been moved.

Thank W Mark C
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This was a lovely experience with little fuss and well worth the time! I felt immersed in the cultural-religious history of Spanish-America and the Southwest. Besides the religious aspects, the architectural aesthetics are absolutely wonderful. The small museum and 25-min. video are well-done and captivating. The interior of the mission rivals the great cathedrals of Europe, with ornate accents filling every nook and cranny and a wooden figure of St. Francis Xavier in repose. The pow-wows, parades, and rituals that take place at certain times are fascinating to observe, though add crowds and traffic congestion. We had to pay $3 to park the day we went, probably due to the Pow-Wow taking place adjacent to the mission ($7 entrance fee). The mission gift shop offered a good variety of reasonably priced souvenirs and religious items. The courtyard usually has vendors selling traditional Mexican and Indian food. Across from the mission is a short, easy walk to see a shrine-grotto and an overview of the mission and surrounding area. If you don't like crowds, stay away from Sundays and Catholic holy days. Our favorite times to visit are Saturdays or mid-week.

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Steve B, Pastor at Mission San Xavier del Bac, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thank you for your remarks. The Pow Wow weekend is the only time when a fee is charge. Otherwise, there is no entrance fee to visit the Mission.

I agree Sundays are very crowded and weekdays are usually better to visit. There are times when the church needs to be used for last minute things.

Have a nice day.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We missed the exit on our way to Tumacacori National Historical Park another old mission further south of Tucson).
Very glad that this was our first stop for our tour.
Not a fancy mission, but the kind one would appreciate the difficulty of building it in the old day.
Our visit was brief because Sunday mass was about to begin.
Looks like there is a market after the service. Wished we were able to stay for that.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

A very spiritual place that has been preserved and restored. I have visited the mission numerous times and always enjoy it. I would highly recommend seeing the Mission when you are in Tucson.

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