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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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small but beautiful

worth the short drive it takes to go see this quaint little piece of Catholic history. Masses still being said here. Lovely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Jackie S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

worth the short drive it takes to go see this quaint little piece of Catholic history. Masses still being said here. Lovely.

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Suffern, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This mission was the farthest south and the smallest of those we visited. It's ic walk around and the building is interesting but not a must see unless you have the time.

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Letchworth Garden City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is the furthest South of the five missions and quite nice (but only San Jose is a must see). The church is quaint with some lovely photo opportunities from the front with the signature bell tower.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited all of the missions except the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) on Easter Sunday. They were all beautifully decorated and very peaceful. The guided tour at Mission San Jose is well worth the time.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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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 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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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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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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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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