Our last stop on the mission trail and my favorite mission. This stop took me a little too long and the family was getting restless.
I loved all the potted plants under the archway. There was a cute little bistro table set to relax in the shade. This mission felt used and appreciated.
The interior is very simply decorated for Christmas. Until you see their Nativity in the side alcove…
Wow! This Nativity even had running water in the scene.
This was my favorite mission. They even had a little gift shop where I stopped to buy a candle to take home. Inside is a great map with pins from all the visitors to the mission. Everyone who works here is so friendly.
The family got tired of waiting for me and went to the car. It was time to make the drive to Corpus Christi and luckily the highway was very near the mission so we were on the road in no time! We saw some sights, learned a little history and had a no cost morning looking at the missions.
The mission can be found at 10040 Espada Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78214. More information here: http://www.nps.gov/saan/learn/historyculture/espadahistory1.htm
The family was holding up pretty well despite the heat so we continued on to the next mission. The ten minutes driving in the air conditioning from the prior mission helps everyone cool down a little.
We chatted with the park ranger here for a few moments. No one else was inside the building and it was a few moments out of the sun.
We stayed the shortest amount of time at this mission. We were here for maybe fifteen minutes, just enough to walk the grounds really.
The mission can be found at 9101 Graf Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78214. More information here: http://www.nps.gov/saan/learn/historyculture/sanjuanhistory1.htm
Our next stop was Mission San Jose. Here is the first Mission we encountered people who were biking the Mission Trail and they looked a bit warm! We also spent the most time here exploring the buildings.
Mission San Jose was finished in 1782 and restored during the 1930s. It is certainly the fanciest mission we encountered.
And I think of the four we visited this mission had the largest worship area.
There is also a National Parks Visitor Center here. We did not enter the visitor center, the family was getting a bit hot on our visit.
Mission San Jose is located at 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.
More information here: http://www.nps.gov/saan/learn/historyculture/sanjosehistory1.htm
By now if you read this blog often enough you know I am all about free activities! Vacation and free are my two favorite things! So while in San Antonio I planned to stop at the various missions for as long as my family tolerate. We actually made it to four of them on the mission trial and we started with Mission Concepcion.
From the National Park Service website ” This handsome stone church was dedicated in 1755, and appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. It stands proudly as the oldest unrestored stone church in America. In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface, but the patterns have long since faded or been worn away.”
Below is one of the better condition Frescos in the mission.
We also took the time at most of them to walk through the grotto area.
I like history and being able to walk through a building that has been in existence since 1755. We are so quick in the country to tear down the old and replace it with new and better. This mission did not need much repair due to how it was built all those years ago.
You can find Mission Concepcion at 807 Mission Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78210.
More information here: http://www.nps.gov/saan/planyourvisit/concepcion.htm