"San Antonio's other Missions" San Antonio Missions National Historic Park by darthmilmo
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 73 photos
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: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!
Well, even though the Missions are near the city, the can still scare even the bravest of us so be prepare for... more travel advice
The best way to get to the Missions is by car. Just start at the Alamo and follow the signs. If you don't have a car,... more travel advice
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