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The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
6701 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214
210-932-1001
Fax: 210-534-1106   
www.nps.gov/saan

Hours:
9am - 5pm daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.                                                                             

Admission:
Free

The chain of missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century are reminders of one of Spain's most successful attempts to extend its New World dominion from Mexico. Representing both church and state, these missions were charged with converting the local Native Americans, collectively called Coahuiltecans, into devout Catholics and productive members of Spanish society.

More than just churches on the Spanish Colonial frontier, the missions also served as vocational and educational centers, economic enterprises involved in agricultural and ranching endeavors and regional trade. They were the greatest concentration of Catholic missions in North America and formed the foundation for what is today the thriving city of San Antonio. The park contains the historically and architecturally significant structures of missions Concepción, San José, San Juan and Espada. Other important cultural resources included are the historic Espada Dam and Aqueduct, acequia (irrigation) systems and the Rancho de las Cabras. 

The visitor center is located next to Mission San Jose and contains a theater showing a 20-minute depiction of early life at the mission, a museum and book shop.  You can contat the visitor center at 210-534-8833 or 210-932-1001.

 
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Misson Concepcion   Mission Concepción
This handsome church looks essentially as it did 200 years ago. From 1731, religious festivals were held as friars strove to replace traditional Native American ritual by the demonstration of Christian ideals.
 
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Mission San Jose   Mission San José
Founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús, San José became the largest and best known of the Texas Missions and was viewed as the model among Texas missions.
 
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Mission San Juan   Mission San Juan
Established along the banks of the San Antonio River in 1731 after relocation from East Texas.
 
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Mission Espada   Mission Espada
In 1731, after their retreat from East Texas, the founders of San Francisco de los Tejas moved the mission to the San Antonio River and renamed it San Francisco de la Espada.
 
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