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Mission San Jose
 
 
 
Mission San José
 
6701 San Jose Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone: 210-932-1001
www.nps.gov/saan
 

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. After early setbacks, 300 inhabitants were sustained by the vast fields and herds of livestock. A visitor in 1777 referred to the structure as the "Queen of the Missions." The carvings on the church are notable features. The famous "Rose Window" is considered one of the finest pieces of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country. Other features are the convento area and the stairway to the belfry and choir loft - each of the 25 risers was hand-hewn from a single live-oak log and constructed without nails or pegs. Also featured is a granary with flying buttresses, a gristmill, restored defensive walls, and quarters.

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

Admission:
Free

 

 
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