Tucson landmark: San Xavier del Bac

Restoration of San Xavier del Bac helps the mission weather its next two centuries

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Mission at a glance

HISTORY: Mission founded in 1692; construction on current church 1783-1797; first restoration 1905-1908; designated a national historic landmark in 1963; Patronato San Xavier formed in 1978; latest exterior restoration began in 1989.

WHERE: Nine miles southwest of downtown Tucson. From Interstate 10 take I-19 south, then exit on San Xavier Road. Go west 2 miles.

WHEN: San Xavier is open daily. Mass is held mornings Mondays through Fridays, evenings Saturdays, more frequently on Sundays.

CONTACT: (520) 294-2624.

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