Mission San Francisco de la Espada, or Mission Espada, was the second mission established in Texas, founded in East Texas in 1690 and moved to its current site in 1731, where a friary was added in 1745 and the church completed in 1756. Visitors can view a working loom in the Contact Station, and on Tuesdays see a live demonstration of how the mission's Native American residents wove wool to make clothing. Just north of the mission is the Espada Aqueduct, built in 1745 to bring water to Mission Espada and the surrounding area.
6701 San Jose Dr.
Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, or Mission San Jose, is said to be the largest of San Antonio's missions. The complex was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s, and stepping inside its walls, visitors can easily imagine what life was like for its residents. The complex includes the church, a convent, granary and housing for Native Americans, along with a restored Spanish Colonial gristmill. Don't miss the Rose Window on the south side of the church, which features stone carving that is a stunning example of the skill of the Spanish artisans.Read MoreCourtesy of Mission San Juan Capistrano
Courtesy of Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano
9101 Graf Rd.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, or Mission San Juan, features picturesque grounds and a chapel that was brought to the site in 1731 and restored in 1909, along with the ruins of a larger church that was never completed. San Juan was surrounded by rich farmlands and orchards that supplied food for not only the mission but also other settlements in the area. The site also includes the Yanaguana Trail, a paved path leading to a scenic stretch of the San Antonio River where you may catch a glimpse of turtles, owls and other wildlife.Read MoreAAA / Inspector 511
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
6701 San Jose Dr.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park includes four of the five missions along the San Antonio River. A visitor center is next to Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo and offers an orientation film and exhibits on the history of the missions. You can drive to each of the missions—signs throughout the park point the way—or park the car and walk or bike along the River Walk Trail that connects the historic sites.Read MoreAAA
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