• The churches of San Antonio were the heart of the Spanish colonal mission communities.

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

History & Culture

Entrance gate into Mission Espada

Entrance gate into Mission Espada

In order to better understand what these walled, medieval communities were like, it is important to first learn about five important factors of the missions: the people, the church, farming, ranching, and caminos reals. Start your journey by clicking on the highlights shown to the right.

Links found on this page take you to research, management documents, and general information on the history and culture springing from the San Antonio Missions.

 

Did You Know?

Mission Concepción at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

The church at Mission Concepción celebrated the 250th anniversary of its dedication in 2005? This is the only mission church in San Antonio, Texas, that never lost its roof or walls to age or neglect. As a result, remnants of colorful frescos still remain.