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Cathedral of St. Augustine

  • Peaceful interior of St. Augustine Cathedral
  • Mexican baroque architecture
  • Cathedral of St. Augustine baroque arches
  • Cathedral of St. Augustine


  • This Mexican Baroque style cathedral has historical ties to Tucson as early as 1776.
  • The cast stone facade was inspired by the Cathedral of Queretaro in Mexico
  • The building's architecture and interior decor are well worth a visit in Tucson.

Cathedral of St. Augustine


In 1776, the chapel of the Royal Presidio of San Augustin was constructed in Tucson to serve the nearby population of about 600 residents. By the 1850's, both the presidio and the chapel were no longer in use. Father Joseph Machebeuf was sent to assess the condition of the area in the 1860s and he recommended that the Bishop of Santa Fe assign a priest to the desert outpost. Father Jean B. Salpointe was appointed and began the work of constructing a cathedral. 
In 1897, the church was once again rebuilt with a Gothic style but the spires were never completed. In 1928, the brick structure was transformed into a Mexican baroque form with a cast stone facade inspired by the Cathedral of Queretaro in Mexico. The present day structure reflects a restoration project undertaken from 1966 to 1968 where the cathedral was almost entirely demolished and rebuilt with exception of the facade and towers.   
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful architecture and interior at no charge but donations are accepted. A list of services and events can be found on the St. Augustine Cathedral website.  

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