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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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A Nice Church

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Braden K
Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This was the last mission on our first day of exploring. It did not disappoint and the church was amazing. Please take time to check it out and leave a donation for their restoration project.

Thank pidaua
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This was our third stop on the mission tour. This was our absolute favorite. A very small church and grounds. The church was very nice inside and had some amazing statues and a special crucifix with a relic from the pope.

Thank Richard F
Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

This is one of the missions on the Mission Walk. It is still an active Catholic parish. Each mission is different than the rest and we were so happy that we visited each of them. I highly recommend this to anyone.

Thank Laura F
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We went at the opening time and everything was still close 30 minutes later... the staff was still mowing the lawn. Beautiful place, but we couldnt see inside.

Thank Josianne D
Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

This was our fourth and last Mission stop. We recommend stopping in the visitor center to have a docent offer some understanding of the complex before you walk the grounds and visit the church. This was the first Texas Mission completed in 1756. This mission build an aqueduct, which still can be seen today nearby, that moved water 15 miles... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

This mission has a fantastic façade, with a beautiful bell tower. We spent there about 15 minutes, enjoying the architecture and the church. We took lots of pictures that all came out great.

Thank Sharon_zz

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