Mission San Xavier del Bac
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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White gem in the desert
Beautiful mission. Some restoration. This is free, there are vendors parked around the parking lot. We spent maybe an hour there. Inside both the main church and a side one where you can light...
A Mission started in 1692 and is still holding services today
Most missions established in the 17th and 18th centuries have fallen into disrepair. This mission has been maintained, recently went through another renovation and is truly magnificent. Stepping into...
If you are interested in Southwest architecture and regional history this is a great place to visit. The Mission San Xavier is a 220+ year old Catholic church structure built to minister to the...