The architecture and artistry makes the San Xavier Mission a true treasure, and an easy day out, being just nine miles south of downtown Tucson.

Randy Metcalf, The Explorer

Just nine miles south of downtown Tucson, the San Xavier del Bac Mission, originally founded in 1692, allows visitors to experience authentic 18th century art and Spanish Colonial architecture. With a fascinating past deeply intertwined with Mexican and American history, the Mission continues in its original purpose as a church, now with a school and convent attached. There is also a free museum open 8:30am-4:30pm daily at the site to further illustrate and explain the church’s rich story.

Hours: 7am-5pm daily; Masses offered Sat at 5:30pm, Sun at 8am, 11am, and 12:30pm (each  1 hour earlier during the summer), Mon-Fri 6:30am, Tues-Fri 8:30am.

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