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Mission Espada

10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
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Ranked #23 of 202 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Missions
Activities: Biking
Description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.
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San Antonio, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Very good part of Texas history and San Antonio history. Must see all the missions to see how they connect and the role each one played in the development and history of San Antonio.

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

OK, I'm a professional tour guide and I've been to all five of the San Antonio Missions. They are the Alamo, San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada have been nominated for World Heritage Site status (we should hear results in 2015.) Espada is currently undergoing renovations that have been completed at San Jose and San Juan. But it is... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We've lived in the San Antonio area for years, but I had never completed the mission trail. It was time! Each stop is unique and filled with area history. The City has now opened an expansion of the Riverwalk so that you can bike along the river to each of the missions. We did not bike, but drove to each... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I do love to visit historical sites so it's a little strange that I hadn't visited Mission Espada on the south side of San Antonio, Texas...I live in San Antonio. I guess places near home always fall in the "we can go anytime" category and so it was with Mission Espada. Dating back to 1690 it's a beautiful example of... More

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Iowa City
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We went to all of the Missions in the San Antonio National Historic sites. It was interesting tour of some important sites in the area and all 5 missions were easy to locate. It was well worth the time to go and see them. Unfortunately, they are renovating Mission Espana and we were not able to view the interior of... More

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Live Oak, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Beautiful mission set in a wonderful park. Eye opening! This is an easy and delightful way to walk through the early history of Texas.

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San Antonio, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

After visiting all of the missions in San Antonio, I find myself wanting to return over and over to Mission Espada. It is the smallest of the missions, but there's something very charming and comforting about this place that keeps drawing me back. It's the happiest of the four, with lots of beautiful blooming flowers outside of the living quarters... More

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Orange, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I really wanted to see this one but it's under construction so you cant go in :/ not really much to see if you cant go in.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This mission is truly beautiful and I was disappointed that we were unable to visit the chapel due to repairs being made on it. If we are ever back in San Antonio we will definitely bike the mission trail again and visit them all again!

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New York City, New York
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145 reviews 145 reviews
126 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Mission espada is the oldest on the trail and definitely the most isolated of the group which is nice if you are looking to relax or pray. While small, there is an amazing amount of craftsmanship in the stone and woodwork. Take the time to see the trail through to its end and check out this final mission.

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