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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It was a short tour. The history of the mission was very interesting. I have toured a lot of missions and found this to be typical. Architecture is interesting.
You will enjoy going to this mission built in the late 1700s when this was part of Spain. The bell tower on the right side was never completed due to lack of funds. You might be a little startled at...
This mission was built with the limited materials available at the time. It is quite historic and very interesting. The Indian Stores nearby are also quite interesting but a bit expensive. the...