"Mission San Xavier del bac ~1798" San Xavier by Yaqui

San Xavier Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 66 photos

?The Mission of Saint Xavier of the Water?

First home of the Tohono O'odham tribe which means, "Desert People" who reside here in Arizona and Mexico. Jesuit priest came to this valley to convert the Native America's, who to this day retain their tribal traditions. Father Eusebius Kino visited in 1692 and laid the foundation of the first mission. Sadly the Jesuits were expelled by 1767. The Franciscans moved in by 1768 and the completion of the mission was accomplished 1797. The missions architecture is of Spanish Renaissance, Moorish, & a touch of Aztec design.

  • Last visit to San Xavier: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    That is such a beautiful church, both inside and out! Thanks for sharing it here :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Hello, Dee!~ Thanks for your interesting story!~ Take care!~

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    The Mission of San Xavier is absolutely beautiful esp the Aztec influences.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Oh sweet memories :-) Thanks for helping me to get them back, Dee :-) I was there centuries ago, and missed to find out all details :-)

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Lovely place to visit, Dee Beautiful church picture.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    The church looks beautiful, especially against the blue sky.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Another beautiful group of pages, Dee. Your photographs were especially outstanding. Love the mission type architecture.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    Nice page! Great photos and information throughout. When we visited a ranch near Tucson, we tried to find this church but I never did see it -- so I appreciate your page here!


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