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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Spiritual and Historical
What can you expect from visiting the Dove of the Desert? This mission is over 300 years old and although there may be tourists floating all around the grounds, you feel the spiritual draw within...
This is an excellent chance to go back in history and see a beautiful old catholic mission with minutes of Tucson. The nostalgic images of the artwork and craftsmanship are extraordinary. Sitting in...
Amazing architecture and history
Go in the morning and be sure to catch a docent tour. It is only 45 minutes but you will learn alot! Then sit in church and feel the spirit.