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We had wandered through two of San Antonio's missions on an earlier visit last year. Our most recent trip found us touring the remaining two that comprise San Antonio Missons National Historical Park.

San Juan Capistrano was like many other missions in that it grew enough crops to become self sustaining. Not only did they provide food for themselves and those native peoples who converted to Catholicism and living on mission grounds, but also for those living nearby. At the mission, artisans worked in the various crafts of leather or weaving and also produced ironwork.

Repairs to the chapel were done in the early 1900's because its bell tower and altar were ruined by a storm in 1886. Renovations came in 1960's, allowing San Juan to be the active parish it is today.

FYI: San Juan is the furthest removed of the missions comprising the historic park. The archways are done in the Romanesque style and are common throughout the San Antonio missions.

Please take a peek at its interior and grounds...

The altar is decorated for the Christmas season (picture#2).

Original wall includes gatekeepers quarters-see door on right--note the Romanesque arches (picture 3).

The Convento (picture 4)

A Colonial style house on the grounds (picture 5)

The missions are open daily from 9 am-5 pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Admission is free.

Address: 9101 Graff Road, San Antonio, Tx
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.
Phone: 512-229-5701
Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2008
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