San Xavier Roman Catholic Parish / Patronato San Xavier
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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Beautiful piece of history!
We love visiting the old Spanish missions. We always feel the presence of a higher power when we stop just bring a tourist and and try to become a partitioner. Just take a few minutes, be quiet and...
Beautiful, Beautiful Old Mission
We were visiting from the southeast - Alabama and North Carolina - and a friend from northern Arizona had told us about this mission and how photogenic it was. It clearly was not a disappointment...
For those of you who like to visit missions and churches, this is worth the trip. Incredibly ornate, visually beautifully, especially the exterior lines. Worth the trip.