Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac
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Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings.
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  • Lisa G
    Scottsdale, Arizona4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Noteworthy
    I enjoyed the history and architecture learning about the magnificent capabilities in relation to the time period. Really amazing if you think about it. Affordable and very hot in the summer, so bring a water bottle. Gift shop and restrooms. If a service is in session you must wait.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Chabrro
    New York City, New York499 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Holy Place
    Visited this sacred and special place several in the last two months. The Church is beautiful, the art adorning it is mesmerizing. Nearby, there is a steep hill ( wear study footwear) up to a grotto (carved out in 1908) to commenorate the apparitions at Lourdes. Having been to Lourdes, it is an excellent replica. Very moving experience to observe the faithful praying. The surrounding area is specularly beautiful. There are local Indians selling fry bread in front of the Church. The Church is open from 9 to 4 daily but it is worth a visit at anytime as the experience is unique.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • scott r
    Silver Spring, Maryland701 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty and inspiring to see what the faithful were able to do so long ago in the middle of nowhere
    the Spanish Missions are always impressive and this is one of the nicer ones. The interior is stunning and you are free to move about respectfully. Unlike some others, there is not much on view aside from the main church and smaller shrine. (Museum exhibit, whatever it is, was closed this day) Did not feel the need to take the tour and snippets overheard suggest that might have been a wise choice.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 October 2023
  • roberthhunter
    Tucson, Arizona366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible 1700s Spanish Mission Church
    A must-see if you're in Tucson. This first mission in Arizona features a late 1700s Spanish church, the interior adorned as richly as churches you find in Spain from the same period. The mission itself is on the Tohono Odham reservation and there is a nice gift shop and beverage plaza and outdoor marketplace nearby. Admission is free.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Patrick O
    Mount Holly, North Carolina1,153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church inside and out!
    This mission has a beautiful church with a magnificent main altar and beautiful side altars. The exterior and interior of the church are well maintained and offer wonderful photo opportunities. Near the parking area, local vendors had booths with items for sale and the gift shop is very nice. There is also a market area adjacent to the parking area that we did not go to, but looked interesting to explore. Remember this is an active congregation so exhibit reverence when inside and respect the rules if mass is in session. Well worth a stop!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2023
  • lotsagoldens
    960 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful restoration
    This is the oldest European-made structure on American soil. Once you get past the idea of the missionaries forcefully converting the native people and making them build this structure, you can admire it for what it is. Which is a stunning church in the "middle of nowhere." There are docent let tours, and you can hike up the hill to see an old cemetery. The restoration has been and still is dependent on contributions.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
  • Ashley Z
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have not gone here go ASAP! Please respect!
    I lived in Arizona my whole life till about 2016. I go back every four months or so, I always come back here! I used to live close and even when I didn't I would always be here! Check out everything you can here! The fry bread is amazing! Check out the store and the mountain and the stores and food across by parking! Def by a candle and say a prayer! Forever my spiritual place!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Mel S
    Santa Barbara, California119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip to Tucson in itself
    The people of San Xavier are truly blessed to have such a beautiful and holy place to worship. The establishment dates from the end of the 17th c. and the present building, "la Paloma blanca del Desierto", was constructed towards the end of the 18th c. It is magnificent inside and out. It is a place of pilgrimage, and I think every visitor if they open their hearts becomes a pilgrim here. Come for the spectacular late Baroque architecture and stay for the holiness.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 March 2024
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Joan G
Bay Shore, NY17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A wonderful experience. Take the free “tour” which is given outside to maintain a quiet, spiritual space inside. The original mission was founded in 1767(?).
Written 18 April 2024
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Brian M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It doesn't was very informative about the church in history of the area the church's remarkable to walk into and be able to see the artwork and alter area. It is a great place to sit down and reflect upon your day and take and have a moment of peace.
Written 22 March 2024
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JMar604
North Aurora, IL55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful restoration. A must see if you're in Tucson.
Although the museum is still not open for visitors, the church itself is so amazing to see that it's worth the trip.
Written 20 March 2024
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Deborah S
Barnegat Light, NJ55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The art and architecture are stunning and well worth a visit. The paintings and carvings are intricate and detailed. Don’t miss.
Written 16 March 2024
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Mel S
Santa Barbara, CA119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The people of San Xavier are truly blessed to have such a beautiful and holy place to worship. The establishment dates from the end of the 17th c. and the present building, "la Paloma blanca del Desierto", was constructed towards the end of the 18th c. It is magnificent inside and out. It is a place of pilgrimage, and I think every visitor if they open their hearts becomes a pilgrim here. Come for the spectacular late Baroque architecture and stay for the holiness.
Written 13 March 2024
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Ashley Z
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I lived in Arizona my whole life till about 2016. I go back every four months or so, I always come back here! I used to live close and even when I didn't I would always be here! Check out everything you can here! The fry bread is amazing! Check out the store and the mountain and the stores and food across by parking! Def by a candle and say a prayer! Forever my spiritual place!
Written 7 March 2024
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Teena S
Vail, AZ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I've wanted to go since moving out here. It was wonderful! It exceeded my expectations. You can just feel the history in this place. I could have sat in the chapel for hours.
Written 6 March 2024
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lotsagoldens
Surprise, AZ960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is the oldest European-made structure on American soil. Once you get past the idea of the missionaries forcefully converting the native people and making them build this structure, you can admire it for what it is. Which is a stunning church in the "middle of nowhere." There are docent let tours, and you can hike up the hill to see an old cemetery. The restoration has been and still is dependent on contributions.
Written 20 February 2024
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Uncle Bill
Lexington, KY154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredible beautiful church with intricate artwork and ambience. Even a non catholic will enjoy it but respect the place and service. The Native American shops are nice and not too expensive.
Written 2 February 2024
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Andrea S
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I’m not exactly sure why this is so highly rated. Sure it’s nice on the outside and from a distance, but there is hardly anything here. The day we came there was a random funeral, and the church was closed so we couldn’t go in. If you can’t go in the church, there is a tiny side alcove with candles that takes 1 min to see and then a mediocre gift store. I’d only go here with a tour or if you happen to be in the area.
Written 17 January 2024
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