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.