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Our last day was spent visiting missions--we were in awe of the beautiful craftsmanship exhibited by them. Our first stop: Mission Concepcion. We arrived too early for an official guided tour, but docent Bill Simons made sure we didn't miss anything. He took us under his wing and dispensed information that was both interesting and educational. There is no charge to enter.
The mission is 250 years old and was settled by Franciscan missionaries. Mission Concepcion is still an active church. Some members can trace their roots back to the original native peoples, the Coahuiltecans. The population here was around 200. Fragments of the original frescoes are still evident, which were created by using vivid colors such as red, yellow and black paint. In some cases, the charcoal used to sketch the outline was clearly visible.
Converted Indians were able to live inside the compound in apartments within the walls. A sample apartment was open for inspection that showed two rooms with a fireplace in one corner. Outside the Indian's quarters large ovens rested on the ground--one per so many rooms. Upon entering the mission, the Indians were expected to become Spanish and give up their names, culture, religion and traditions.
Limestone for the mission came from a quarry on the grounds. The missions were all located within a short distance from the river in order to receive goods and livestock. Animals were brought in by boats, slaughtered on Saturdays, then distributed amongst the people on Sundays. This encouraged church attendance!
FYI: The Spanish introduced the native population to wheat; they were also the first to bring horses to America.
The missions are opened daily from 9am-5pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Admission is free.
Address: 807 Mission Rd.,San Antonio, TX 78210-4919
Directions: You will need a map since this park is spread over about 800 acres. The Alamo is a good place to begin. Check the website.
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