Gallery - San Antonio - Missions

Gallery - San Antonio - Missions
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EXPLORING THE MISSIONS

 

Remember the Alamo, but don’t forget its four sister missions.


 

9101 GRAF RD

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The most isolated mission, San Juan was once a self-sustaining farm. Note the Romanesque archway and follow the historic Yanaguana Trail to the edge of the San Antonio River.

 Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano


PADRE DR AT PARK RD

PADRE PARK

A perfect put-in point for canoes and kayaks (with a chute to boot) as well as a paddling zone for SUPers.

807 MISSION RD

MISSION CONCEPCIÓN

Dedicated in 1755, this is the only mission that hasn’t needed a major facelift. Look up in the convento room to see the “Eye of God” fresco.

 Mission Conceptión

Mission Conceptión

10040 ESPADA RD

MISSION ESPADA

Only the chapel, granary, and two of the compound walls remain, but the Mission San Francisco de la Espada’s three bells still ring out every Sunday.

 Mission Espada

Mission Espada

NEAR 10040 ESPADA RD

ESPADA ACEQUIA & DAM

The Spanish-style stone irrigation system, built by Franciscan friars in the 1740s, still flows continuously and the dam is the oldest in the U.S.

6701 SAN JOSÉ DR

MISSION SAN JOSÉ

The “Queen of the Missions,” situated on six acres, was once the home of 300-plus Native Americans. The ornate Rose Window and the weekly mariachi Mass are popular draws.

 Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

300 ALAMO PLAZA

THE ALAMO

San Antonio tourists often forget that the 1836 battle site was built as a Roman Catholic mission. In 1883, the Church sold the Alamo to the state of Texas for $20,000. Today, an average of 1.5 million people visit the site every year.

 THE ALAMO

THE ALAMO

 
 

LOCAL EXPERT:

Archeologist Susan Snow coordinated the San Antonio Missions’ nine-year quest for UNESCO World Heritage status, approved in July 2015. It is the first site in Texas to receive the international designation.

 

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