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Misión San Xavier del Bac is considered to be one of the most beautiful Spanish missions in the Americas. It is located on the tribal lands of the Tohono O'Odham native people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. (Following text is from the website of the Mission.)

"A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. [Ed. Much of the construction and art was done by native artisans, some under the direction of European artists.]

The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.

The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners in the surrounding area."


Tour can be arranged at time of your convenience. The mission is about 1/2 hour from Central Tucson. Time at the mission is 2-3 hours. There are shops and a small cafe plus nrmally native vendors on weekends in the mission plaza.

Tour cost: $40/person

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