The San José church is a fine example of the baroque style of architecture that was popular in Spain and other European countries at the time the Franciscans settled in what is now Texas.
Questions for Photos 2 & 3
1. What does the size of the church indicate about the role religion played in daily life at the mission?
2. Why might the Franciscans have wanted buildings with such decorative detail on the Spanish frontier?
3. What does the entrance indicate about Spanish culture?
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