Mission San Juan
Mission San Juan
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Franciscan Mission established in 1731 and an historical attraction along the Mission Trail in San Antonio.
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HeinoP123
Spring Grove, IL121 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This large Spanish colonial compound was active in the mid-1700's and is now maintained by the National Park Service. There is no entry fee and you can walk around the grounds and into the church as you like. Park rangers offer free guided tours just about every day. The Catholic Archdiocese does hold services at the church so be advised. The building construction using rock is amazing and the interior of the church is beautiful. There is some restoration work in progress now on the church dome and you can see where the Park Service has done restoration work elsewhere at the mission to preserve this bit of history.
Written 5 June 2023
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Bon09
Riner, VA116 contributions
Apr 2023
we saw 3 of the missions while visiting San Antonio each is unique and wonderful. Take your time to visit and learn about the part each played in our history.
Written 28 April 2023
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,775 contributions
Jan 2023
Mission San Juan was originally in East Texas, and transferred to this location in 1731. In large it was location with many artisans, orchards and gardens. It was a major supplier of products that helped maintain the mission group, as well as the local settlements and military posts.
Written 26 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
It's easy to confuse the Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Antonio, Texas, with the more celebrated Mission San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California, where the migratory American cliff swallow has spent its summer for centuries after wintering in Argentina. Meanwhile, Mission San Juan in San Antonio has made a reputation of its own. Located a 9101 Graf Road, on the eastern banks of the San Antonio River, it was established in East Texas in 1716, moved to San Antonio in 1731 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Unfortunately, San Juan did not prosper to the same extent as the other missions in San Antonio because its allotted lands were not sufficient to plant vast quantities of crops or breed large numbers of horses and cattle. With its bustling economy, for example, Mission San Jose established a trade network stretching East to Louisiana and South to Coahuila, Mexico. This thriving economy helped the mission to survive epidemics and Indian attacks in its final years. Meanwhile, Mission San Juan fell into disrepair. It took centuries to recover. Finally, as a result of a public works project in 1934 and restorations during the 1960s, the church, the priests' quarters and other structures were reconstructed. Today, most of the original square remains within the courtyard walls, portraying an authentic depiction of the floor plan and layout.
Written 4 April 2023
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AmericanYaYa
Georgia26 contributions
Dec 2022
Very cool to see history first hand. The park ranger giving the (granted it was a free tour) tour seemed to be doing her first presentation so we went on our own to explore. We also had our 5 year old grandson so he was not going to be quiet and attentive for the hour or so needed to follow the group. We were able to enter several of the original domiciles to see what life would have been like for the natives that lived inside the walls. We also saw the grainery which was very impressive. Overall, very good experience. If I did it again I would probably follow the tour guide. (It seemed that tours are only available twice a day so be sure to check ahead of time.
Written 30 December 2022
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Roam Free
Detroit, MI1,047 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
Such a historic site good to walk around and picture what it used to look like. Recommend going in the morning and there is no shade and Texas heat is no joke!
Written 14 December 2022
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Angel-Trails
Canada163 contributions
Oct 2022
We saw all the Missions, this one has its own character and also a nice walk around the grounds, all the missions are a must see.
Written 8 November 2022
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JM
4 contributions
Jun 2022
Nice and quiet and clean. Worth the visit. Great information posted and pamphlets in English and Spanish.
Written 22 June 2022
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Starr Hansen
San Antonio, TX18 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
If you are ever in San Antonio the Missions are a must see. These icons truly are an amazing place to be. Feel the history. Bring the family
Written 23 April 2022
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX14,850 contributions
Apr 2022
We enjoyed doing the mission trail. Of all the missions, this one seemed quieter and less developed than the others. It features a large, white chapel that looks very different from the other missions. We enjoyed reading the history of it being a walled city. Don't miss the back gate where people had to stop and ask permission to enter. There are a few trails in back that lead down to the river. If you only have time to see a couple of missions, I probably wouldn't make this one a priority, but it's worth seeing if you have time.
Written 19 April 2022
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