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Mission Espada

10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
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Ranked #24 of 207 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Missions, Cultural
Activities: Biking
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Owner description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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351 reviews 351 reviews
120 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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168 reviews 168 reviews
119 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Victoria, Texas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Currently being restored. Of course I picked the one mission in San Antonio covered in scaffolds! We did walk around the outter walls and tried to get a bit of history feel. We took some really cool pictures. I hope to go back soon to be able to see the inside and outside of the church minus the scaffolds.

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San Antonio, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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