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Mission Espada

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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214
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+1 210-627-2064

A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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There is a total of 6 of these... very interesting architecture. Some very deep history roots for any history buff. There is a wonderful path that goes on the outside of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Brianna M
Windsor, United States
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Windsor, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a total of 6 of these... very interesting architecture. Some very deep history roots for any history buff. There is a wonderful path that goes on the outside of the property that you can walk. I've only been able to see two of the six but plan on going back to see the others.

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just beautiful, worth finding. We took the detours. Get a gps since you have to get back on the highway because of construction.

Thank EaZexcursions
Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I felt that this was the smallest and least to see of all the other missions. We biked the river trail from San Jose to here and the trail is wonderful to bike. Very peaceful. The mission has some printed boards telling you what the ruins were but you won't spend much time here, but I still feel worth the... More 

Thank Misty58
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took own driving tour of missions. Enjoyed seeing and experiencing the missions I have learned and read about.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a beautiful functioning mission. While we were there, a wedding was taking place so people were wandering about outside, we could hear music being played inside. The grounds are lovely and the structure itself just beautiful.

Thank 2fridad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mission San Francisco de la Espada is the southernmost of San Antonio’s five Spanish missions. It was established on the west bank of the San Antonio River in 1731, abandoned by 1824, and subsequently fell into disrepair. In the late 1800s, interest in the missions was renewed, and so began restoration work, which continues today. All of the missions in... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the more interesting missions in that they dammed the river and fed the water through a network of canals and aqueducts some two miles to the extensive cultivated fields around the mission. This is the only example of an aqueduct in North America! Traditional mission compound with active Catholic church and various facilities operated by the National Park... More 

Thank northernneckinn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don'T miss this MiSsion. EACH One HAS uNIQuE feAtUREs. THe oNE IS very QUieT AND The deScrIptivE PAnels AaarE very edUCAATIONaL

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

One of four Spanish missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Church services continue to be held on Saturday evening (English) and Sunday morning (Spanish). Lovely exterior architecture perfect for photographing. Peaceful place to stroll when the Texas heat is not oppressive. Grounds open for guided tours (staff permitting) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Stop at the contact... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Probably the smallest and possibly least interesting of the four missions. BUT each one has its charm and at least once you should visit them all

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