San Antonio Missions National Historic Park: four colonial Spanish missions in San Antonio


Missions are walled complexes that include a church and buildings where priests lived and worked and local American natives.

Conception, San Jose, San Juan and Espada are four colonial missions at the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Officially opened in 1993, this park with its four missions and El Alamo has been named World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO.)

The visitors’ center of the park is in Mission San Jose, where the movie can be seen: People of Reason, which tells the history of the life at the missions during the XVIII century. The movie is featured every 30 minutes. The Mission San Jose also has a museum and a library. The four mission churches still have active catholic parishes that have regular services. Churches are open for visitors during the park schedule, except when a weeding or funeral takes place.

Now you can explore the Missions throughout the new Mission Reach of the River Walk. The Mission Reach is a section of eight miles with recreational walking trails, picnic areas and benches, pedestrian bridges and pavilions.

San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Queen of the Missions. Spanish designers, addressed to workers from the local tribe Coahuiltecan, built the mission with limestone from Texas and bright colored stucco. In its heyday, it provided sanctuary and a social and cultural community for more than 300 natives, and it was surrounded of acres of fields and herdsof cattle. The mission had its own mill and barn, which has been preserved.

More information:

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX. 78214
(210) 244-2000