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Mission Espada

Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
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Ranked #20 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Missions, Cultural
Activities: Biking
Owner description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.
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Type: Missions, Cultural
Activities: Biking
Owner description: A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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KERRVILLE
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 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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360 reviews 360 reviews
120 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 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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69 reviews 69 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
136 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
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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Victoria, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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