San Xavier Del Bac

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  • Address: 1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746, United States
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-5202942624
  • Time Required: 00:40 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

About San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

The Mission San Xavier del Bac is the oldest preserved European structure in Arizona. The church was founded in late 17th century but was completely constructed by the late 18th century. The architecture of the church along with its intricate interiors including mural art, statues and its classic clay brick, stone and lime mortar structure, makes it’s a fine example of classic Spanish Colonial buildings seen in the United States.

Influence of Baroque style of architecture- curtained displays, false doors and pristine marbling, all add to its beauty. 

San Xavier Del Bac Ticket Prices

  • Admission is Free.

San Xavier Del Bac Opening and Closing Hours

  • Mission church opens 7:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm each day.
  • Gift Shop: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Museum: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
  • Free docent tours Monday - Saturday mornings (when church is not in use)

Mass Schedule:

  • June- September: Saturday Vigil:  5:30 pm; Sunday: 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am
  • October- May: Sunday Masses are one hour later.

For other timings, visit the official website .

How To reach San Xavier Del Bac by Public Transport

  • By Bus: At San Xavier/Little Nogales
  • By Car
  • By Taxi 

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  • 95% of people who visit Tucson include San Xavier Del Bac in their plan

  • 40.89% of people start their San Xavier Del Bac visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see San Xavier Del Bac

Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

92.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Xavier Del Bac

People normally club together Old Tucson Studios and Sabino Canyon while planning their visit to San Xavier Del Bac.

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San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson Reviews

  • The history of the church and mission is fascinating. Originally, this part of Arizona was considered “New Spain” and the Jesuits founded the church. Spain “kicks out” the Jesuits and the Franciscans arrive. Mexico claims it’s independence form Spain and this area becomes Mexico until the USA purchases the area, through the Gadsden Purchase, to construct train tracks to California. The church was originally constructed beginning 1783 and more or less finished in 1797. The architecture is Mexican Baroque. Parts of the church are very ornate, others very plain. Definitely worth the visit.

  • Recently I rode my bike out to the Mission and I have to say that every time I visit this Treasure in the Old Pueblo, I am always amazed at its BEAUTY. It's like a mini Sistine Chapel in the desert. The history of its origin is such an amazing story, and the architecture is a site to behold. I recommend visiting this Historical Mission whether you are local, visiting from out of state, or from out of the country. Don't forget your camera, this pictures are stunning!

  • If you are travelling through southern Arizona you must attend this mission. It is a beautiful piece of early history. The structure and yards are amazing, but the Murals and statues on the interior are amazing. Considering this place is in the middle of the desert, it was cool inside, even though the outside temperatures were in the 90s Make sure and try some of the traditional native food on outside courtyard of the mission. It is excellent food and plenty of it

  • A favorite church or mission restoration to visit with a unique southwest history. My parents took my family to this mission in the mid-1980s and we recently had a chance to return with my adult children. It was quite fun to see the progress made. The Docents are informative and had many fun, historic stories to tell. Close to Tucson and easy to find. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the morning.

  • GORGEOUS! The renovations are wonderful. It is in MUCH better shape than when I was a kid and visited. Still VERY peaceful and spiritual. VERY glad to visit again after all this time. Such a BEAUTIFUL place and nowhere was that more evident than the chapel. When praying and lifting your eyes to God you get to see all the beautiful art work on the ceilings! SOOOO glad they are working so hard on the restorations...

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