Saturday, June 12, 2010

The San Antonio Missions

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that my mom is here for vacation and yesterday we went to go see the San Antonio Missions.

Even though I have been living in San Antonio for six years, I have never been to the missions. My mom, who rarely visits San Antonio has also never been there, so I decided that it would be a good place to go visit.

It was awesome! We visited three of the five missions.

Mission San Jose

Mission San Juan

Mission Concepcion

The missions that we did not visit were the Mission Espada and the Alamo. The Missions are each separated by a short drive and by the time we got to the third mission we were on hour 4 of the trip and the sun had came up and so did the heat.

Mission San Jose aka The Queen of The Missions, is really a cool place to visit and see the actual rooms where the Spanish missionaries and indians lived in. I do recommend to take the Park Ranger or Docent guided tour because you will learn a lot more about the mission than you would by just walking around.

The missions were built by Spain in the 1700's and used to convert the indian people to Catholicism and Spanish tax paying people.

The churches at the four main missions still have Sunday mass and are run by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. I think it would be nice to go to one of the Sunday services, but very uncomfortable. While visiting the missions, we did go inside the churches and they were hot and humid. We could only stay in for a few minutes before we had to get out and get some air. Maybe sometime in the fall or winter will be more comfortable.

I do plan on visiting The Alamo later this week. It has been many many many years since I have been there and would really like to go again.

I do have a lot more pics of my trip on my FB page!

If you are ever in San Antonio, I recommend visiting the San Antonio Missions. Just make sure to get there early in the morning(a lot cooler), wear comfortable clothing and shoes, wear a hat, bring some water and of course, bring a camera to take a lot of pics ( I took about 324 pics!).

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I have been to San Antonio more times than I can count, yet I have never visited the missions - other than the Alamo. Thanks for the info; now I really want to go!