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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Be careful and make SURE you see ALL of it.....or you'll MISS the BEST part!
When you arrive here, there is a "Tour starts here" sign. We followed the signs, walked through the small museum, courtyard, & gift shop and nearly MISSED the highlight of the entire complex. The...
One of the oldest such Missions in the area.
Touring the mission is an experience taking the tourist back in the time of original Western exploration. Built to serve the indigenous population many years ago and still in operation. The beauty...
Artwork is Unbelievable
To see the design, statues and paintings are something to behold. We had been there a few years ago and was curious about how the renovation was going.