Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson

Mission · Religious Site
Founded in the 17th century, Mission San Xavier del Bac was part of a chain of Spanish missions in the Sonora Desert. The mission was taken away from its Jesuit founders in the 18th century and turned over to the Franciscans. The Moorish design of the white building makes for an elegant landmark against the desert background. It's often referred to as the white dove of the desert. The exterior complements the meticulously crafted interior altar. No records exist with the names of the designers or builders, but local people believe that most of the work fell to the Native Americans who worked for the friars. Arrange to visit Mission San Xavier del Bac and other attractions in Tucson using our Tucson trip itinerary builder.
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  • Went on January 5, 2021. All interior and gift shop is closed until February 5. Due to Covid. Their website does not reflect the closure  more »
  • The church was only open until noon and I wish I had known about that beforehand. It was a 10 minute wait to get in for a 2 minute experience without really having access to seeing the frescoes.  more »
  • We drove to visit this mission but you are only allowed to step in the doorway and you are not allowed to kneel and pray. I felt this was over the top as there are plenty of other Catholic chapels...  more »
  • Amazing beautiful spiritual place! The people in the gift shop are very kind and sell gorgeous stuff! Also, the fry bread that is sold by the vendor is delicious! They only take cash as they work outside and in the heat!! We only had $12 cash and our total was $17, they said "No problem" ...very kind! We recommend the Green Chili fry bread !!! Definitely plan on going back for Mass and lunch..and maybe to buy more beautiful jewelry! ♡
  • A beautiful church with history. The museum is free to explore. The gift shop has a variety of products with various prices. The kids like $2 finger puppets. Large parking lot with handicap spaces. The weekends has local food vendors selling tasty food. The Hill climb is traditional. Tourist go left, but the old way is to walk right like a pilgrimage and then see the statues and make a prayer for someone else to Mary. A wonderful place to visit or spend a Sunday.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Not sure if it was because of the construction but there was not much to look around and see. Also, it's an active church so when walking around in the main building there are people in there praying. The gift shop has some lovely items and everyone was friendly. The landscape around the mission is gorgeous, so if you go during a cooler time of year there might be some nice walking/hiking.
  • Always live visiting this "jewel in the desert"! Wish all shops and cafe had been open, but the ones that were had beautiful and unique items! Second time in a row that no fry bread was available though! Sure missed that!
  • Weekend lunch on the reservation - delicious. Ate fry bread with chili topping. Couple of neat gift shops. The Mission is beautiful to see. A definite stop if you're in the area.

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