"San Antonio's other Missions" San Antonio Missions National Historic Park by darthmilmo

Before there was a Texas and way before there was a Unites States, there were brave Missionaries that left their safe heaven homes in New Spain to venture into the northern frontiers of the new continent, America. The San Franciscans missionaries discover the fertile San Antonio River and as early as the late 1600's began settling along the river's shores. Throughout the centuries, the missionaries served the purpuse of converting the local natives into Catholicism. For better or for worse, the missions became a way of life for these people and would later turn out to be the spark of the local culture. Today, five Missions remain standing in this area (originally there were as many as six). Everyone knows Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo. However, few people know that there are 4 beautiful Missions accessible just a few miles south of the Alamo. I invite you to explore these four Missions through my pictures and tips. Take your time to discover the true gems of San Antonio: Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.

One last thing, it's ironic I have travelled thousand of miles down Latin America trying to find old Spanish architectural wonders when this five gems lie in my home town! To anyone that says the US doesn't have history I encourage you to visit the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. I have seen several examples of Spanish architecture in my time and this one is amazing, on top with all the best out there!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:History, architecture, nature, and more
  • Cons:A bit touristy at times, depending on the time of year
  • In a nutshell:Just the kind of history you may have been looking for in South Central Texas!
  • Last visit to San Antonio Missions National Historic Park: Dec 2001
  • Intro Updated Nov 20, 2002
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  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Remember the Espada!

  • Dec 11, 2005 at 11:30 PM

    an interesting page fernando, i had no idea this was in texas! there is obviously a lot of history here with the missions. nice work matey!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2005 at 7:25 AM

    Brings back memories of a lovely October day spent following the mission trail. These old churches are so beautiful. leyle

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2003 at 12:12 PM

    Great!!! Most people who visit San Antonio only see the Alamo. Yet. the other missions are so much more beautiful to me! You did a great job presenting them.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2002 at 2:23 AM

    Great page: amazing pics (including spider and flowers), great places to visit: I like all 3 missions :-)


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