This attraction is to Tucson what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, except it's more ancient. Founded in 1700 by the Spanish ... More
Mission San Xavier del Bac
This attraction is to Tucson what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, except it's more ancient. Founded in 1700 by the Spanish missionary Father Kino, 10 miles south of what is now downtown Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian reservation, San Xavier del Bac is considered one of the finest examples of Mexican folk baroque architecture. Indian crafts shops and a cafe are nearby. The parish is still active, so please be respectful of religious activities when visiting.
This was a beautiful example of the cultural history of the southwest. Chapel and mission was amazing. Could spend hours exploring everything. area is in restoration, which is great to see how things looked originally and the aging process. Active mission with a school! be sure to stop by the gift shop or make a donation to assist the worthwhile cause. admission is free to a great way to spend a family day. used what I would have spent on tickets to water park and donated to school. Was great to enjoy the day with family and then be able to help the school. Not a tourist trap!!!!
This was a cool place if you are a fan of history,or old spanish archectecture.We have gone yearly since 2006 and watched it through different stages of restoration.Last Summer July 2010 the scaffold was removed from the front of the Mission and it is an awesome site to see.The restoration proffessional were brought in from out of the country,due to nobody around does that type of restoration a local told me.There are a few shops and a walking tour through the old part of the mission.With of course "a gift shop.
During the day there are tents set up by the natives where they sell some really good authentic local foods.Then a couple hundred yards from the Church is a set of shops where you can buy handmade Indian products from Jewelry to Pottery and more.Before leaving there is a Grotto ,or hill with a cross on it.The trail leads to the top,it is a short walk,but a very nice view from above when you get up there.Great view for pictures.This trip is great for historical value ,and a must see if you are on a trip to Tucson.If for nothing else "the I`ve been there" value.
This was a very boring place to visit. Yes, I know it is a Mission, not an amusement park or anything like that. Once you get there it's about a five minute tour and then you leave. There's nothing there. We took some pictures, looked at the building and that was it. We almost. I had to try the Indian flat bread that was widely popular there. I ordered the Indian flat bread with honey and powder sugar, which was great. The are about a handful of locals selling the same thing so any of them would be fine. That was probably the best thing here.
Because they are restoring the mission, it was not a great time to get pictures of the church. I ended up buying postcards instead. The church is absolutely breathtaking, and the museum was fascinating. I can't believe that it is free!!! The grotto area was very moving, and I wished there had been more candles to light, but they were all already lit. If you are the least bit religious, you should make this a must destination. Even those who aren't religious would appreciate the architecture of this beautiful and awe-inspiring historical landmark!
I live in Tucson, and if you enjoy history and churches this is the place to go. Along with Saguaro Monument East, Desert Museum, and possibly the expensive and crowded Sabino Canyon I would visit here.
It is an ACTIVE church so please be respectful. You can attend Mass there also.
They sell the BEST indian fry bread w/ honey. Worth the calories. No, I don't work there!
we go to the misson everytime we visit our relatives. we never grow tired of our visit to the mission. we light candles and pray for our loved ones. we visit the gift shop.
we also love to eat the indian fry bread with red chile.
The atmosphere is great, the church is amazing, i will take your breath away. No cost what so ever to visit and see the beauty. donations are ask for to finish the reconstruction but nothing is forced on you. The loation is great, nature at its best. GO SEE it!
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