Which mission should you visit in Tucson, Arizona? We had to make the same decision on our quick 48-hour trip.
We only had a small amount of time to sight-see between Adam's tax talk at the RVer's Escapades and our flights.
I had done some research and was uncertain which mission to see while we were there.
I intended to go to San Pedro Chapel from a Pinterest find, but through a series of mis-#nuventures we ended up at Mission San Xavior del Bac.
I'm so glad we did! The special history, the beauty, and the views around the mission make it an amazing spot to visit. We spontaneously stepped back in time to the 18th Century!
Here are 5 reasons to fit the Mission San Xavior del Bac into your trip:
1. It's free
You can't get better than free. And, you'll be amongst hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world who come to the Mission to see some of the best Spanish Colonial architecture in the US.
2. The beauty outside
The Mission was built in 14 years between 1783 and finished in 1797. The architectural details for that time period are amazing!
March is a great time to visit. The cacti on the Mission's grounds will be blooming!
3. The beauty inside
Since the mission was completed in 1797, the interior work is all hand carved and hand painted. It's still in tact and has been maintained very well. The detailed craft work is incredible!
Make sure to admire the details. The door handle to the sanctuary is a serpent (click the left picture above to get a closer look.) And, you can see where the original nails in the doors were hammered in by the masons (click the right picture above to see).
Throughout the mission's history, it's remained in the same place but has been a part of three different countries.
When the Mission was first constructed, it was in the area of New Spain. Then, when Mexico gained it's independence in 1821, it became a part of Mexico. About 30 years later in 1854, after the Gadsden Purchase, the mission found itself in United States Territory.
These walls have experienced a lot (including an earthquake)!
5. The Views
To the right of the mission, you can climb a small hill with a cross at the top. Up here, you can light candles, pray and see the amazing view surrounding the mission. Enjoy!
Keep the history going by making a donation at the gift shop at the end of your trip to help maintain the Mission:)