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

    San Antonio Missions

    National Historical Park Texas

Mission San José

Mission San José is known as the Queen of the Missions.

Mission San José

Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

Known as the "Queen of the Missions", this is the largest of the missions and was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s by the WPA (Works Projects Administration). Spanish missions were not churches, but communities, with the church the focus. Mission San José shows the visitor how all the missions might have looked over 250 years ago.

The park's visitor center is located adjacent to this mission at 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.

 
Click here for more information about Mission San José. It is located at 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.

Did You Know?

Cochineal is an insect hidden under what looks like white spit on prickly pear cacti.

that the Spanish cornered the market on cochineal, a bug that produces a vivid red color, early in the Spanish colonial period? British officer coats, with which every American school child is familar, were dyed using cochineal.