San Xavier Roman Catholic Parish / Patronato San Xavier
Acclaimed as finest example of mission architecture in U.S., southwest of Tucson on Tohono O'odham Reservation. Active parish. Gift shop. arts, crafts shop. Cafe nearby. For the first time in its more than 230-year history, free guided tours are now available. The 45-minute tours are led by specially trained, volunteer docents, who explain the Mission's history and its lavishly decorated interior, the richest and most ornate in the Southwest. For current schedule, please go to their website and click on "Docent Tours Info."
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The gem of Tucson
First let me say that I am a mission FREAK!! Being from California, I just love the history and beauty about them. We got to the mission just in time for the last tour of the day. I am so...
A Must-See Mission in the Desert
This was our first tourist stop, right from the Tucson International Airport. This mission is on the Tohono O'odham reservation, direct descendants of the Pima tribe, so respectful behavior is...
Well worth the time. The building is stunning, the grounds beautiful. The docents are knowledgeable so its worth joining a tour; you learn about the interesting history of its construction and...