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Mission Espada

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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214-3815
Phone Number: 2106272064
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A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Solemn place

The Presidio is where Santa Ana slaughtered almost 400 of Fannins men and heaped them up and burned them. It is owned by the Csrholic diocese of Victoria and they ask that you... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Presidio is where Santa Ana slaughtered almost 400 of Fannins men and heaped them up and burned them. It is owned by the Csrholic diocese of Victoria and they ask that you show reverence in the chapel, which is beautiful. It reminds me of the solemnity of the Alamo when the Daughters of the Texas Republic ran.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You pass this as you're doing the river walk which is a very pleasant stroll. Part of the history of San Antonio,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You must do the mission trail if in San Antonio. It is so fascinating and to think they still have services in these old missions. Wow

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in San Antonio with a special interest in photographyl Couldn't ask for a better subject. Regardless, a beautiful old mission to visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Mission with a group of photographers and got their about 6 am to photograph the sunrise on the mission building. Unfortunately, there are flood lights all over the complex that interfered with our goal. The Park Ranger didn't seem to have the ability to kill the flood lights. There was not much to see as you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peaceful, inspiring, and simply a must stop when visiting San Antonio. There is so much history to quietly absorb at Mission Espada. It can get crowded but Espada crowded is nothing like Alamo crowded. You can wander the remains, follow the story through the many informative signs, and reach back for understanding of what life was like for those settling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mission is south of Loop 410 and the most southern mission. Very fragile and agriculture certainly was critical to the mission. The anaqua tree seeds were used for rosaries and you will find one at each mission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first mission of the day and the furthest from downtown San Antonio. If you've come this far then definitely try visiting them all. Its' church is small but there are enough ruins here so as to make this an interesting stop. Quiet and peaceful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These remarkable places of worship and shelter were built three hundred years ago and it is testament to the craftsmen of the day that are still standing and still in such good condition. They are a wonderful insight into the communities that were developed, usually a day's ride apart, to allow travellers somewhere safe to rest overnight. Mission Espada is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this mission. It was one of the smallest ones we visited. It is free. Nice photo opportunities. Bring a cooler with drinks in your vehicle. No drinks available for purchase. No gift shop. Just a pretty park and mission still has an active congregation and services on Sundays.

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