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Mission San Jose

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Neighbourhood: Harlandale
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Address: 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214
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+1 210-229-4770
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San...

Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.

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This Mission, together with the other missions on the trail, give a person a better understanding of early Spanish (Catholic church)/Native American co-existence. This mission... read more

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Mankato
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This Mission, together with the other missions on the trail, give a person a better understanding of early Spanish (Catholic church)/Native American co-existence. This mission together with Jaun and Conception do not have the "reputation" of the Alamo; however, they jointly have a historical significance (other then in the war for Texas independence) to equal or supersede it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Mission San Jose tells the story of the Spanish missions in Texas. It was very interesting, and something that I didn't know much about prior to visiting. It's definitely worth a stop. I would also recommend doing the mission bike trail! It allows you to cycle along the river and stop at different sites along the way.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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Visiting Mission San Jose was a nice break from the crowds at San Antonio’s Riverwalk. The well preserved grounds are large, easy to walk around, and you can easily imagine life in the 1700s. Open space, couple of nice small museums on the grounds, a helpful 20 minute movie explaining the significance of the Mission, lots of history, and a... More 

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Big Rapids, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mission San Jose is an authentic Texas mission which is still in operation. Witnessed a wedding and participated in a mass in the Mission. Both were beautiful. The grounds and surrounding mission structures are available to the public and a great place to bring the family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We biked from downtown to the mission. Loved the biking along the river. The mission is stunning. Great visitor center.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited several of the early missions, most with the existing buildings and some where is just the foundation. Looking at the artifacts and the guides available, you can almost experience the way the early Christians of this land worked and survived the hardships of a new land to bring to Christ. It was wonderful and very faith filling.

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I love history, so this was a very informative and interesting attraction to see. If you go, watch the free movie that tells you the story

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour of this mission was lead by a NPS volunteer who was very knowledgeable and friendly. The largely reconstructed mission and associated buildings were interesting and lovely.

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A trip here is well spent. It's not downtown, but worth the effort. This Beautiful mission is still an active church, and an inspiring place. The Rose Window is a work of art. Walking the grounds gives you a small idea of what life might have been like long ago. The Alamo is a tribute to courage, this is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful mission is not only a Heritage site but boasts a feature the other missions do not have. Each Sunday the 12:00pm Mass is a Marachi Mass. Presided over 14 to 15 musicians including, a harpist, violin, trumpets, and guitars expertly played by musicians of all ages. And a beautiful choir conducted by a 91 year old Director and... More 

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