The Only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas
Interweaving of Spanish and Indigenous Cultures
San Antonio Missions now joins a list that includes cultural and natural sites of universal importance such as the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, and more.
Nominated in 2011, Designated in 2015
The Department of the Interior undertook the nomination of the San Antonio Missions with the full cooperation and written support of all the property owners within the boundaries of the nominated area, including the National Park Service, the State of Texas, the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio River Authority, the Espada Ditch Company, the San Juan Ditch Water Supply Corporation, and Mission Heritage Partners.
Then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Department’s intention to nominate the missions as a World Heritage Site in June 2011.
Learn more about this National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office webpage. You can also find our park audio tour on this site!
Inclusion of a site in the World Heritage List does not affect U.S. sovereignty or management of the sites, which remain subject only to U.S., state and local laws. Detailed information can be found on the UNESCO website.
Last updated: June 15, 2023