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 wonderful place to visit. Try to take the guided tour. When we first arrived we did the self guided tour. As we were heading out we noticed a guided tour being offered. We decided to stay and check...
Historic mission, be sure to take a tour
This is an active church so be respectful if a service is in progress. The restoration work looks great. Take a tour to learn the mission's history - well worth it. Often there are fry bread...
Beautiful and stunning buildings! We really enjoyed the amazing architecture and beautiful grounds. There is a gift shop with interesting items.