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San Xavier Del Bac Mission

This majestic Catholic Church has stood the test of time and serves as a symbol of the southwest desert.

The site for the church was chosen by the Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Kino in 1700, and named for his patron saint, St. Francis Xavier. Work on the present structure began about 1783. San Xavier was completed in 1797, and has been continuously in use since then, serving members of the Tohono O'Odham Nation. It is considered the finest example of mission architecture in the United States.

When you open the massive, carved mesquite-wood doors and enter San Xavier you are struck by two things; the soothing coolness of the interior, and the dazzling colors of the paintings, carvings, frescoes and statues.

San Xavier has been called "The Sistine Chapel of the New World". In fact, the same team of Italian artists who worked on the Sistine Chapel came to San Xavier in the late 1990's to help restore the interior to its original glory. There is much to see inside San Xavier: the Sanctuary, The Sacristy, The Tabernacle, The East Chapel, also an unusual reclining wooden statue of St. Francis. His clothing is often covered with tiny silver charms depicting legs, arms, eyes and other body parts called Milagros. Believers leave these prayers hoping for relief.

The San Xavier Del Bac Mission is located in the San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mission, also known as the "Dove of the Desert," was completed at the end of the 18th century. It is one of the finest examples of the Spanish mission architecture in the nation. Especially the murals in the church are beautiful. The mission is open daily and no admission is charged but donations are appreciated. If you are in the Tucson area then a visit to the mission sure is worth your while.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac is located nine miles south of Tucson. Take I-10 to I-19, then take Exit 92, at 1950 West San Xavier Road. San Xavier is remarkably accessible to visitors, admission is free and the church is open daily 9AM to 5PM. Masses are celebrated regularly, and Sunday Mass often features a Mariachi band!

For more information call: 520-294-2624

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