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San Antonio Missions

There are Five Spanish Missions in San Antonio, Texas. Their names are:  The Alamo (by far the best known), Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan Capistrano.
This photo essay will cover four of them.  I did not go to the fifth Mission (The Alamo) because it is always so crowded and most people know so much about it anyway.
The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonial mission communities

Misión Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña was established in 1716 as Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de los Hainais in East Texas. The mission was moved in 1731 to San Antonio. Founded by Franciscan friars, this is the best preserved of the Texas missions. Located at 807 Mission Road, Mission Concepcion was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970.

Misión San Francisco de la Espada was established in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas near present-day Augusta.[4] and renamed San Francisco de los Neches in 1721. The mission was moved in 1731 to San Antonio and given its current name. Located on Espada Road, this mission was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972.

Misión San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was established in 1720. Located at 6519 San Jose Drive, it was designated the San Jose Mission National Historic Site in 1941. The historic site was administratively listed on the National Register on October 15, 1966. The church, which is still standing, was constructed in 1768.

Misión San Juan Capistrano was established in 1716 as Misión San Jose de los Nazonis in East Texas. The mission was renamed and moved in 1731 to San Antonio. Located on Mission Road, San Juan was listed on the National Register on February 23, 1972. Another Mission bearing the name San Juan Capistrano is the Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, California.

I hope you enjoy the pictures !

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. 08/31/2012

    Such beautiful photographs with good historical backstory! This is a really interesting blog!

    • 08/31/2012

      Thank you very much George — really appreciate your comment

  2. 09/5/2012

    Arches, angles and blue sky. Beautiful.

  3. 09/8/2012

    Miss Texas and all the different parts of her from crazy to peaceful I love these thanks for sharing.

  4. 09/12/2012

    So lovely! Brings back memories of all my years in California. The buildings are so spare and peaceful, the sky so winter clear and blue.

  5. 09/12/2012

    wonderful stuff.. I can’t wait to visit Texas one of these days

  6. 09/24/2012

    I have not been to San Antonio yet, but these beautiful structures will be on my itinerary when I do go! ~ Kat

  7. 11/19/2012

    Lovely Photographs….they reflect something, something that attracts viewer…you’ve got really a nice blog…

  8. 01/7/2013

    Great document .. I photographs San Diego Mission

    I was willing to photograph all the missions someday as a part of a photo essay project.

  9. 05/28/2013

    It was interesting to see the similar methods of construction of the church here in Costa Rica and Texas. Beautiful pictures, the light was perfect.


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