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San Antonio Spanish MissionsSan Jose Mission

The first Spanish Mission located along the San Antonio River was in 1718. It was the mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo. In the next 13 years , a total of 5 missions were built and transfered along the San Antonio River. The missions were created to christianize the native population around, and make them Spanish citizens. Since the native population was so big in that area, after relocating the Alamo, a second mission, was constructed in 1720, known as Mission San Jose. In 1731 three more missions were relocated along the San Antonio River. These missions are known as mission Concepcion, mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Today the missions are used for weddings, tours, and community events as well as biking and hiking.

The Mission San Jose is the largest mission in San Antonio and is almost fully restored to its full desgin. Vistors can see a movie free at the visitor center. The movie, "Gente de Razon", shows once every hour starting at 9:30am and the last show at 4:30pm. The movie tells the story of the native people of the 18th century in the south Texas area. Their role as colonizing New Spain and their life in the Spanish missions is told.

Mission Espada was founded back in 1690. It was the first mission in Texas. Later it was relocated along the San Antonio River.

Mission Concepion has a beautiful church to see! It is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. Original frescos can still be seen in several of the rooms.


The Alamo is l
ocated on 300 Alamo Plaza downtown. The rest of the missions are located further south of San Antonio. For more information, click here on the Alamo. For more information on the San Antonio Spanish Missions go to the Spanish Missions Website.
Hours:
daily: (9am-5:00pm)
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Chistmas Day and January 1
Admission Prices:
Free Tours: Free

TOURSSan Jose Mission

These tours last 45-60 minutes. Meet at the visitor center or information center of the mission you want to tour.

10:00 am Mission San José & Mission Concepción

11:00 am Mission San José

1:30 pm Mission San Juan

2:00 pm Mission San José & Mission Concepción & Mission Espada

3:00 pm Mission San José & Mission San Juan

3:30 pm Mission Espada

LOCATIONS

Mission Concepción              Mission San José
807 Mission Road                     6701 San José Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78210        San Antonio, Texas 78214

Mission San Juan                  Mission Espada
9101 Graf Road                       10040 Espada Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214        San Antonio, Texas 78214

TRANSPORTATION

The public transportation system in San Antonio is VIA Bus. Bus 42 from downtown will bring you to Mission San José and within two blocks of Mission Concepción. There are no buses to Missions San Juan and Espada. Taxis are available for trips to all four missions. From downtown to the farthest mission, Espada, is approximately 11 miles. 

EVENTS

October 10
Archaeology Day, 10:00-2:00
Mission San José hosts hands-on activities, exhibits, and lectures for the whole family. Activities will emphasize techniques, information learned from digs/artifacts found at the missions, importance of preservation, and future archeology planned for the park. Assisting is the Southern Texas Archeological Association and UTSA Legacy Program as part of Texas Archeology month.

October 24-26
Artesanos del Pueblo – A Celebration of Folk Art
Artists specializing in American, Texan, Mexican, Honduran, and Guatemalan folk art demonstrate and sell their works of art. This free event is sponsored by the park’s friends group, Los Compadres. Proceeds are used to benefit the park.

October 31 - November 1 & 2
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
This three-day park-sponsored event provides activities and programs to explain the history behind its symbolism and relevance. Ofrendas, or altars, will be constructed in the Visitor Center and the churches.

December or January date to be announced
Los Pastores
This Hispanic folk play depicts the shepherds' journey to worship the Christ Child and the obstacles the devil puts before them. This traditional play has been presented each year at Mission San José since 1947.

February 27, 2010
Glory at the Alamo
The beginning of the Alamo Siege - Alamo Plaza, Saturday, February 27, 2010. from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Free event. Shows the event of the arrival of General Santa Anna's forces in Bejar , the attempted truce, the opening solvos in the siege and the battle of the Alamo.

March 6, 2010
Dawn at the Alamo
Friday March 6,2010 from 6-7am. In Alamo Plaza. Free event. Pre - dawn commemorative ceremony honoring the fallen on both sides of the Alamo conflict. SALHA members, joined by re-enactors from across the U.S., represent both armies and pay homage in recognition of the great sacrifices made on both sides of the Alamo conflict. Thirteen candles are lit to symbolize the 13-day Alamo siege. The fall of the Alamo is remembered with a historical narrative, readings of eyewitness accounts, a reconciliation peace prayer, in both English and Spanish, flintlock musket volley salutes, and the placement of commemorative wreathes complete the solemn event. This free hour-long event begins during the Alamo battle hour that begins in darkness and ends in early morning light. Participation with wreaths is welcomed from Alamo descendants, historical organizations, students and other visitors.

March 6 and March 7 , 2010
Remembering the Alamo
For God and Texas; Dios y Libertad. Free in Alamo Plaza. Event is dramatization of the events that happened the final two days back in March 5 and 6 of 1836, a 13 day Alamo siege by General Santa Anna's Army played out in Alamo Plaza. A special arrival of the Gonzales Thirty-two.


 
   

Updated: March 5, 2010