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Mission San Jose

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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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6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214-2715
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All reviews rose window visitor center mariachi mass park ranger living quarters active church guided tour native americans gift shop beautiful church great history lots of history worth the trip texas history piece of history great place to visit walk around
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed walking around this site. Unfortunately the church was locked, don’t know if that is the norm or not. There are plaques explaining the different buildings which is very interesting. The Welcome Centre is closed, I think because of the freeze on the American...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to Mass there the Sunday before New Year's Eve at the Mariachi Mass at noon. The music, the priest, and the people were all wondereful!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Park is open to walk around. Probably been much better if government wasn’t shut down. Getting there is a good trip from Alamo.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jreed1122
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome display of a Spanish architecture during the 1700s. Unfortunately, my visit was during the government shut down and I'm not sure I was able to enjoy it's full majesty.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank randy3357
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited during the government shut down. Was were able to walk the grounds. The place is real neat, lots of history. Looking forward to return when the shut down is over. It’s worth seeing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ladybug59
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited during the government shut down, but the mission church was open as were the grounds. So beautiful. Also, dogs are allowed on the grounds, very convenient if your dog is well behaved.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank M8513WWSharon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not called The Queen of the Missions for nothing. We were flabbergasted by the size and the logical layout. I could imagine life as it was, I think. Really a must see! And the city bus stops there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bassboat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't forget about this mission. So large and well preserved. A true highlight of our visit to San Antonio.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HONREV84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While we were disappointed at not being able to do a tour due to the shutdown, the mission itself was wonderful, and the church stunning.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dove_ftc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is a part of the mission trail. There were signs with history and maps. Parking was good.

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 1, 2018|
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Response from Stephen A | Reviewed this property |
Yes... good parking..
January 29, 2017|
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Response from Simpllcity | Reviewed this property |
There are bike docks at the missions.
December 7, 2016|
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Response from codyv839 | Reviewed this property |
It's free to tour the grounds, but they do ask for a donation of $1 to enter the church.
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Good TR, thanks for sharing your SA experience. Sounds like overall you had a good time. I agree about Don Pedro, it wasn't good years ago & I haven't been back.
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August 12, 2017|
Response fromChristieP|
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