The wilderness that is now known as San Antonio and South Texas was primarily settled by Spanish Catholic priests. And ... More
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
The wilderness that is now known as San Antonio and South Texas was primarily settled by Spanish Catholic priests. And apparently priests with exquisite taste in architecture. Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada, the four historical missions that compose what is known as the Mission Trail, all possess very distinct and beautiful detailing in their designs and constructions. The history behind each is intriguing and far too expansive to even touch upon in this review. As far as attractions go, however, this one is definitely a "must see." Admission is free.
Both of my grandparents lived around the corner. I grew up in this neighborhood. Both of my g-parents had their memorial services here. I also had to revisit the place during a vacation. It has changed over the years. It's so tranquil.
Took the main bus tour of the four missions. Two of them are the main ones, Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion, the other two haven't been restored at all yet.. And the years have taken it's toll on those two.
The two main missions were very interesting and informative. After seeing the second one, it was enough to just stay on the bus and look at the other two as people got off and on..
The information that you gain is surprising. There is so much more than what was taught in school, or maybe I just missed that lesson. But I took alot of that info home with me, and it'll stay with me.
Great trip, and very informativc..
We did a series of photo's before our wedding at Mission Espanada. We were a little set off by the mistakes about St Francis. (of the sword?) That is a error that the frier was able to explain in a wonderful chat we were able to have with him. All the missions are beautiful and worth seeing. My wife wants to go back to TX again just to see the missions and to chat with the Frier again. This time having enough time to enjoy the chat and discuss the history.
Visiting the Missions is a must for anyone who is interested in the history of Texas. So often, Texans believe Texas history began with Stephen F. Austin and the subsequent fight for independence from Mexico. The Spanish Missions show very clearly that the history of Texas goes much further back.
The churches at each Mission also demonstrate how people will build beautiful sacred spaces no matter what type of materials they have available. The construction of the missions and churches was an incredible feat considering the tools and skills available.
To get a good sense of early San Antonio and Central Texas one must absolutely visit the Mission Trail.
One important note, Texas is very hot from May through September. To avoid complications from the summer heat, come well prepared with water, sunscreen and hats. Or visit the Missions during the cooler months.
This is an incredible, historic architectural treasure. We didn't get to see the inside of the missions, but it was incredible to just be there, centuries after these majestic structures were built. Highly recommend.
Growing up in San Antonio was wonderful. To be able to visit the missions and of course, the Alamo was the best... When you go into the Alamo it is so, so real. TO see the boks, the munintion, the clothes, the flags, it just makes you feel that something very real happened there, The missions still hold that wonderful serene feeling for me.
The tour guides are friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about every detail of the missions. Dates, times, who lived there, why they are still preserved and other facts. It's truly amazing to see history up close and just not a "picture in a history book."
What a place of strength and serenity! I could visit the Alamo a thousand times over and still feel like its my first time there. Everything is free to see and open to the general public almost all day. The late hours until 7pm during peak holiday season was a treat. Going later there were fewer people which made it much easier to see the sights. Definitely a family destination, especially those with children of school age, very educational!
I visited all the Missions in one day and these areas really moved me. The quiet atmosphere and wonder on how these missionaries lived and learned while living in these areas fasinates the mind; many adobe fireplaces and housing areas still remain; beautiful rose window at the San Jose; church area renovations on where they prayed and worshiped.