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Mission Espada

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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214-3815
Phone Number: 2106272064

A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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One of my personal favorites

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Gary W
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank kenzlenz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Gary W
George West, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank Glynis S
Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 3 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.

Thank Heather M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

It is a nice church, but the signs said the gift shop was open, however it wasn't. It is small, so keep in mind that it isn't a huge cathedral.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I rode a B-bike along the Mission Trail adjacent to the San Antonio river. My favorite of the four missions is this one, because it is in a surrounding that allows you to imagine what it must have been like in the 1700's when it was founded. By no means the biggest or grandest of the missions, it is the... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

This small mission has a special doors with a unique shape. The church still does weddings This was my second visit.

Thank Chuck B
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

If you don't visit during the day (before 5:00 p.m.) it's a little more difficult to get to it. My husband and I went to a Saturday evening Mass here but had to take the long way to get there since the gates from Mission Road close at 5:00. The church itself is very small but very beautiful. You can't... More 

Thank Jennifer D

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