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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
Activities: Biking
Description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Great Mission

This is the first mission on the mission trail if you start south and move north. The lady at the visitor center here was very helpful and gave us maps as we were riding bikes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is the first mission on the mission trail if you start south and move north. The lady at the visitor center here was very helpful and gave us maps as we were riding bikes between all the missions. Mission Espada is very small but has a lot of its outer wall and Indian quarters intact. It's definitely worth seeing!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had some difficulty finding this mission after coming from San Jose and San Juan and then heading back north to Concepcion from this mission -- could use more signage. We had a nice live demonstration of antique weaving by a volunteer at the information center. Beautiful church and grounds with Mass on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The mission had such a wonderful atmosphere and stands in great contrast to a lot of other beautiful churches I saw on the mission tour. However, I just felt there wasn't as much to be done there as compared to other churches. But if you do go, be sure to check out the irrigation system. And, the tour was great!

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

beautiful tiny mission tucked away on the far south side of the city. Gives you a feeling for what mission life was about in the 18th Century.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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105 reviews 105 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Of San Antonio's five missions, Mission Espada is my favorite. It's simplicity is it's beauty. Love the bells in the tower. Old World charm thankfully and thoughtfully preserved.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

If you enjoy history, this and the other missions are a must see. This mission is fairly small and wont take a whole lot of time to visit. The volunteer working the day we went was very informative and a pleasure to talk to.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This mission is true history as it was the first mission in Texas. Touring the mission is full of history and you get to enjoy nature while learning some truly interesting things about Texas. Enjoy!

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Westminster, Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
37 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is one of the missions on the Mission Trail south of San Antonio. It is worth the drive or bike ride to this part of the trail. The small visitor center has interesting displays and exhibits. The signs around the mission are informative. Be sure to visit the small church, and pay particular attention to the crucifix which has... More 

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Winchester, KY, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Another great mission to view on the mission trail. Not as big or impressive as San Jose, but charming, rugged, and full of history and stories.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Unlike the Alamo, this pace is enjoyable. There is rarely many people here which gives you the chance to relax and enjoy the site.

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