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Mission San Jose

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Address: 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone Number: 210 229 4770
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San...

Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.

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Quiet afternoon

It's a very nice place to just walk and think. Its so peaceful. You can just relax and take a a peaceful stroll. I like to think about the past and all that went on here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Susan F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very nice place to just walk and think. Its so peaceful. You can just relax and take a a peaceful stroll. I like to think about the past and all that went on here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So much history and can be seen in a relatively short amount of time. This is definitely worth taking the time to visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This mission is worth seeing. The Alamo is the most famous, but this mission and the others have nicer grounds. Each one is different.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As part of our anniversary trip, we drove all 4 missions outside of town. Each was slightly different and it was worth the trip to see all 4. Jose was a massive structure and you could really feel what it might be like to have lived there 300 years ago.

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is still a current parish, but what is great about it is that the old mission walls are still there and you can get a good idea of what the Alamo would have looked like back in 1836.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the visit to this 1700 mission church and grounds. You can even walk a path to the San Antonio River. The docent in the exit was very helpful and the displays were informative about the times of the early missions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A national park. Free guided tours . Our tour guide named Anna was so knowledgeable about everything! Learned so much about the history of the region. Has a fun gift shop too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't going to go to the missions, the king it wasn't something I'd be interested in. However, how wrong I was! The church and grounds are beautiful and awe inspiring! Go to the 23 min. film beforehand to learn the history and culture behind it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the my parents first visit to one of the missions. We were sorry not to see the Rose Window but it was overall a good visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This mission is amazing. We first spent some time in the visitor center and then walked through the mission itself. It is very large and was enclosed. The restoration work they have done is beautiful. The church is still in use (please be respectful and understand that photos are prohibited). We stopped at the church gift shop and purchased two... More 

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