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Mission Espada

Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
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Ranked #22 of 143 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Missions, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking
Owner description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.
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Type: Missions, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking
Owner description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Brooklyn, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

another beautiful old building, lots of charm, and history, we enjoyed it immensely, the grounds as much as the church building

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San Antonio, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

At first glance, this mission looks like it's not worth a visit, but you'd think wrong. The chapel is still there and lovely. The base of the walls is there and so is the story of the people who lived there. Go and see. And nearby check out the aqueduct!

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Phoenix
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I enjoy seeing some of the ruins. The church is in good shape, but much of the surrounding mission is in a state of ruin, which makes for some cool photos.

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KERRVILLE
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

If you're ever in San Antonio, make an effort to visit ALL the missions on the Mission Trail. Soooo much history here and the setting is peaceful and uplifting. You can drive to all of them, or walk to them on the finished RiverWalk. I think it's about 8 miles from the Alamo to Espada.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

very well kept mission...long drive from where we live, but so peaceful and serene. the grounds are very well kept, loved hearing the church bells ring on sunday

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Lockport, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There is not much to see here, since they are doing construction on the church. We spent 20 min. here walking on the grounds. We went here because we went to all the other missions in San Antonio and wanted to see them all.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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384 reviews 384 reviews
123 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Due to the construction you can not go inside and there is scaffolding in the way of capturing a good picture. Until construction is done I would skip visiting this mission and hit the rest.

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San Antonio, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Espada is my favorite of the Missions; small, beautiful and spirit-filled. I take my grandchildren there and we light votive candles in the little sanctuary, then have a picnic on the grounds. Espada is isolated and hard to find but the effort is well worth it. It's a diminutive treasure.

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Mobile, Alabama
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224 reviews 224 reviews
149 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This was the last mission I visited due to the website stating that it was closed and currently under construction. I drove by in hopes of snapping a picture and to my surprise it was open. The building indeed was being restored, but the grounds and ruins were accessible. The rangers were also there answering questions. I plan on going... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
67 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is the smallest and most ruined of the missions I visited and some of the buildings were covered in scaffolding. It's most notable for its aqueduct, about half a mile away, which is still in use. The church, also, is still in use (with the priest staying in one of the buildings on the site at weekends when he... More 

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