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Review of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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Ranked #6 of 257 things to do in San Antonio
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Owner description: Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions.
New York
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“Love the history here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Very easy to get to. Concepcion has a lovely church, and San Jose (where the Visitor Center is) made history come alive. The immense village square, housing literally within the protective wall, the church, working grist mill...excellentk!

Visited February 2012
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“4 Separate Mission Sites - Part of the National Park Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

There are four separate missions (not counting The Alamo, which was at one time a mission) strung out along the San Antonio River. The missions were all built in the early 1700's by the Spaniards. Its about a 17 mile round trip to visit all of them.

The architecture is very smiliar as they were built about the same time for the same purposes. This definitely a MUST-SEE sight in San Antonio, but unless you are really into this you don't need to see all four. I've seen 2 of the 4 mission site and recommend San Jose as the one to visit.

The four missions are:

1. San Jose - largest, most complete, best restored and most beautiful -- this is the most popular one.

2. Concepcion - closet to downtown and the Alamo - it is between downtown and San Jose

3. San Juan Capistrano - small and most rural

4. Espada - furthest from downtown

the San Jose Mission is the one to see because it is the best perserved. This is where the Visitors Center is located with a short film and small museum. Here there is not only the church but the granary, grist mill and Indian quarters.

Suggest you read the TripAdvisor reviews of each individual mission before deciding on which to visit.

Visited February 2012
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Somerville, Texas
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“Awesome history!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

If you love history especially Tx history you have to see the missions. They are almost 300 yrs old and some still have services at their chapels. I hear they are being considered for a World Heritage Site.

Visited March 2012
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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“Great if you like history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

The 4 missions that make up this park are each great to visit if you're a history person. If not, then a visit to the San Jose mission with the main visitors center (including a nice 23 minute movie) might be enough for you. The nice thing about visiting the missions is they're all free and much less crowded than the Alamo (not that you shouldn't see that too).

Visited February 2012
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“San Jose Mission”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

nice 23 minute movie, the chapel at the mission was gorgeous, hard to imagine they had the money and means to build something so elaborate inside, doesn't look that fancy on the outside.

Visited February 2012
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