RESTORATION OF SAN XAVIER MISSION
The current Mission Church, finished in 1797, is over two centuries old. Time has taken a toll on the buildings, statues, and wall paintings of this beautiful parish church, which requires regular maintenance and restoration.
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.
The Mission is 9 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona just off of Interstate 19. There is no admission charge to visit Mission San Xavier. Some 200,000 visitors come each year from all over the world to view what is widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.