Growing up in South Texas and Catholic I have always loved the old missions. As I said we were looking for places to stop on our Road Atlas. I had noticed that San Xavier del Bac was just outside of Tucson.
We left our hotel at 8:30 in Tucson and headed to the mission. It was well worth the stop.
A historic monument in the USA, San Xavier Del Bac Mission is actually a church located in the Santa Cruz Valley, 9 miles (14 km) south of Tucson, Arizona. The picturesque white church was founded by Catholic missionary Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Its construction took 14 years – starting in 1783, it was completed in 1797. The church, designed in Spanish Colonial architectural style and built with low-fire clay bricks and mortar, is the oldest standing structure in the state of Arizona. The whole building has a roof of masonry vaults. Once you enter the shrine, you are taken back into authentic 18th century history as you watch the idols and mural paintings reflecting a bygone era. The church still religiously retains its original mission of ministering to the spiritual needs of its parishioners. The Mission San Xavier attracts around 200,000 people annually, and the entry is free of charge.
The Mission San Xavier del Bac is among the favorite excursion spots of many Catholics around the world. The church was built with touches of North-African and Iberian styles, which makes it unique and elegant. Address: 1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746
This was one for the most beautiful missions I have seen. I am not sure if it has anything to do with the desert backdrop or not. It is well worth a look though.
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We left around 9:15am after taking tons of photos.
Hope you enjoy our photos and going road tripping with us.
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