Mission San Xavier del Bac
Located in: Southside District
294-2624, off I-19 at exit 92. Free. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Allow 2–3 hours.Once part of a chain of churches that stretched from northern Mexico to the western U.S. This brilliant white structure is considered the “Sistine Chapel of North America” for the intricate paintings on the walls and ceiling. It is still a Catholic parish serving the Tohono O’odham community for whom it was established in the late 1600s.
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Sightseeing on a Budget
This site is a beautiful mission in the middle of nowhere. The parish is alive and well, serving the local reservation community. The buildings have a rich history full of surprises. Capable docents...
One of those rare places you get more than you pay for…
Wander around yourself, or join the tour which is run every half hour. Either is free with optional donations supporting continuous renovations. Our tour guide was fairly entertaining. Since it's...
Beautiful, make the time
We planned a quick stop and stayed over an hour. The church is beautiful! The staff at the museum and gift shop very knowledgeable. We bought freshly made Indian Fry bread ( made to order) from a...