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

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Brochures

San José compound

Mission San José

Reprinted from Story of the Great American West ©1977. The Reader’s Digest Association, INC.

Mission San José

 
Arial of Mission Concepción

Mission Concepción

Mission Concepción

 
Mission San Juan

Mission San Juan

Mission San Juan

 
Mission Espada brochure

Mission Espada by Gentiz

Mission Espada

 
Cellphone Tour

Cellphone Tour

Cellphone Tour

 
Teaching with Stone

Teaching with Stone

Teaching with Stone

 
Fresco pattern

Wall Art

Wall Art

Did You Know?

Ruins of a home at Mission Espada

that Spanish missions were not churches? They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.