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St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson

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4.3/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. It is located in Tucson, Arizona.HistoryThe cathedral parish's history began with the founding of the chapel of the Royal Presidio of San Agustin in Tucson, which was constructed in 1776. By the 1850s, both the presidio and its chapel had fallen out of use, so Father Joseph Machebeuf was sent to survey the condition of the area in the 1860s. He advised the Bishop of Santa Fe that a priest should be assigned to the location, which had a population of 600 people.Father Jean B. Salpointe was appointed as pastor of the new church in 1866. Work on the structure—commonly referred to as a cathedral, even then—was completed by 1868. The Holy See declared the territory of Arizona an apostolic vicariate later that year, and Salpointe was appointed Vicar Apostolic.The church was rebuilt by Bishop Peter Bourgade in 1897; the original plans called for a Gothic structure, but the spires were never completed. It was only in 1928 that the brick structure was transformed into its present Mexican baroque form, including the cast stone façade, which was inspired by the Cathedral of Querétaro, Mexico.A restoration project, which entirely demolished and rebuilt the cathedral with the exception of its façade and towers, coincided with the centenary anniversary of the completion of the original church. It was initiated in 1966 and completed in 1968.
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  • What a beautiful representation of the Tucson architecture. The contrast with the southwestern sky is breathtaking. 
  • Was fortunate enough to visit on a Sunday, so we attended mass. The inside is not overly ornate, but still maintains an understated beauty. The outside of the cathedral is gorgeous and the grounds are...  read more »
  • Truly beautiful, inside and out. Yes, many times the gates and most entrances are closed, except during mass. Sadly, this is more of reflection of the outside world than the cathedral as the cathedral...  read more »
  • It's so sad that in such a wonderful place like this, you can meet so bad people like them. These people who work there were like robots which don't know about love and happiness. They thought only about profit, only. Worst place in my life not because of the building, but because of unfriendly personal. Better to find another place, holy place, i hope you know what I mean.
  • Beautiful and very historic. That's it for the good. Bad? Everything else. I have met quite a few very hateful people from this church. Worst of all they will charge you stupid amounts of money to park during events (including non-profit) and not care how maxed out the lot is. I was boxed in for 45 minutes because they over parked.
  • Beautiful church and the folks were so kind to my Mom and me. Beautiful homily and mass.
  • We get the Spiritual and prayerful experience in this beautiful Church...of course it is.
  • Dad came from Kentucky to visit and brought him to this church. Beautiful. Had a Mexican visiting priest and one from Africa. I love that!!!.
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