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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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As part of a group of missions Espada was good for a look around didn't spend much time there but there is a visitor centre there

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a group of missions Espada was good for a look around didn't spend much time there but there is a visitor centre there

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A truly great mission complex, showing the scope of mission life. Foundation work shows the granaries and storehouses for Espada's immense (at the time) agricultural program. Nearby ruins of aqueduct system that carried water over 15 miles to fields from the San Antonio River can still be seen. Brick making operation as well. Living quarters for Spanish Friars as well... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An old Spanish mission in San Antonio with a unique spirit to the place. Spend some time here and try to imagine how the life was some hundreds of years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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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George West, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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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