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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A Must-See When in Tucson!
Until I arrived in Tucson, I had no idea such an ancient mission existed just on the outskirts of town! The church itself was beautiful both inside and out. I particularly liked the cactus garden...
Beautiful ~ A Must See
This is a gorgeous old mission with a lot of character and since it is still a working church, they continue to improve and renovate. It is just standing out in the middle of the desert and is such...
Lovely Little Mission
A beautiful and simple mission in the desert. Love the history and the people who worked there. Friendly.