About 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 captures a transitional moment in history, frozen in time.
Mission San José 300
Mission San Jose turned 300 years old in 2020. We comemmorate Mission San Jose's tricentennial and remember the stories of the people who walked these grounds 300 years ago. For some, this is a somber time to remember the difficult changes that mission indigenous people underwent during the colonial period. For others, this is a time to celebrate excellent site preservation and our vibrant modern local cultures.
Last updated: May 4, 2021