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Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
+1 520-294-2624
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Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix
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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.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bread” (327 reviews)
“beautiful church” (124 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
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"bread"
in 327 reviews
"white dove of the desert"
in 208 reviews
"beautiful church"
in 124 reviews
"active church"
in 77 reviews
"indian reservation"
in 70 reviews
"old church"
in 58 reviews
"light a candle"
in 45 reviews
"working church"
in 40 reviews
"restoration work"
in 36 reviews
"father kino"
in 52 reviews
"gift shop"
in 249 reviews
"native americans"
in 87 reviews
"free tour"
in 53 reviews
"parking lot"
in 176 reviews
"piece of history"
in 43 reviews
"interesting history"
in 43 reviews
"small museum"
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful church inside and out. The tour was nice but spent more time outside the church than in so we ran out of time- you will want to allow enough time especially if you like to take photos!

Thank not_enuf_vaca
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While the mission is beautiful on its own, a docent guided tour is a must. Our docent pointed out so many interesting points of interest and history that I left with a deep understanding of the architecture, paintings, and history of this active Catholic mission

Thank Robert J
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nicely restored church complex. Intriciut carved interior. Really good video explained the restoration process and why prior work with concrete was damaging, not helpful. Amazing amount of effort and commitment to keep the mission going. Restoration work in process. Interesting to see.

Thank Coop228
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the best examples of early missionary churches in this part of the world, with a rich and well explained history (via volunteer guides). While the locals did their absolute best with the money & materials available to build a gilded ornate interior in...More

Thank aussiewanderers
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Mission is far smaller than it appears, but it is stunning! Dark and cool inside with unusual statuary and a regularly scheduled docent tour...a large Mission gift shop (not open on Sundays) beautiful and very reasonably priced selection. Tohono locals also offer frybread specialties...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my favorite place to bring visitors from out of town. There is such a peacefulness to it’s beauty and simplicity.

Thank gdmort
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most beautiful preserved Spanish mission structures in the US. It is a thriving parish to this day and the statues, paintings, and frescos have been continuously restored through the years. The immensity of this undertaking at literally the end of...More

Thank bobemac
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

He sells jewelry and sings some Indian music. He shows his scrap book if the movies he has been in....playing along side famous actors. The mission is a must see so why not go after 3 when Jo is across the parking lot from the...More

Thank RobertaYRoberto
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The mission building is very beautiful and nicely restored. It would benefit from modernized interactive museum.

1  Thank Tristan L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The ongoing restoration of this museum is a delight to see. This is an active church with a long history. Juan Bautista de Anza brought the first settlers from here to establish San Jose, California in 1777. It was old then! There are docents who...More

1  Thank mariamhennessy
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Martin A
5 February 2018|
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Response from Bob Y | Reviewed this property |
Please just go there its so great. Watch the video of how the restoration started and where it's going too in the museum. Then walk around inside respectfully and enjoy. No special attire needed. It's jaw dropping... More
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Martin A
5 February 2018|
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Response from GalViolet | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, you can visit as a museum, be sure to watch the renovation video...very informative.
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19 April 2017|
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Response from Brian C | Reviewed this property |
Dress appropriate you are in a church. Weather is warm so you can wear shorts. Men Remove hats when entering buildings.
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