Mission San Xavier De Bac

Things To Do In Tucson
#44 Mission San Xavier Del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Road
Tucson, Arizona 85746
(520) 294-2624


Mission San Xavier del Bac Tucson AZ Things to Do

Mission San Xavier Del Bac is lovingly referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” Located 9 miles south of Tucson via Interstate 19, this active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation, and was founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona.

Locals refer to the church as San Xavier Mission, and Tucson natives and visitors alike visit Mission San Xavier Del Bac by the hundreds of thousands every year. The mission is open to the public daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but you may want to call ahead to make sure it’s open on the day you want to visit. The church does shut down to the public for funerals, weddings, anniversary masses, etc.

When you visit Mission San Xavier Del Bac, you will feel like you  have taken a ride in a time machine. The architecture and cultural history that is so evident in the structure is amazing. There is no admission charge to view Mission San Xavier Del Bac, but visitors are asked to be respectful of those who are there to worship, as it is still a fully functioning catholic church.

Inside the mission you will see amazing statutes, murals and other period details that add to the old world atmosphere. It’s an interesting place to visit if for no other reason than to walk around and look at something that was created centuries ago that has been maintained beautifully, and Mission San Xavier Del Bac is just a few minutes from downtown Tucson.

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Lucy & Tony Ray Cool

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