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Mission San Jose

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Mission San Jose

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retphcs wrote a review Sep 2020
Donna, Texas527 contributions62 helpful votes
Today, my Son and I toured Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas. Standing at the front gate and looking into the compound, one can get a true feeling of the 300-year history of this Mission. In 1930, the Mission was almost fully restored to its former glory with a WPA (Works Projects Administration) project. Mission San Jose also gives you an idea of what the original grounds of the Alamo must have looked like before the Mexican Army Siege. These missions were not churches as such, but communities with a church where the local Indians could be converted to Christianity, taught the English language, and learn a trade. Living spaces were provided for the families. These missions were designed to be completely self-sufficient. They had fields for crops, cattle for meat and dairy, their own mill for making flour, blacksmiths, workshops for all manner of crafts, and a garrison of soldiers for protection. Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was known as “The Queen of the Missions” because of its size. The Mission San Jose Church is an active Catholic Parish even today. The “Rose Window” in the church is said to be the finest example of Spanish colonial ornamentation in the United States. Anyone interested in the history of Texas should make a point the visit this mission. The grounds are totally handicap accessible. Not sure how interested small children would be but older children can learn a lot about the beginning of settlement in South Texas.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Robert G wrote a review Aug 2020
Houston, Texas671 contributions59 helpful votes
This was really cool, because Yet still an active church, the grounds or amense showing what it was like inside the fence line of a mission. You get to see the little rooms that made up the wall, you walk through an old gate and you can see where they used to cook. I believe those are replicas but they were really cool to see how it was laid out P churches beautiful, and the day we visited he had had music plane and is quite uplifting
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Date of experience: August 2020
Thomas V wrote a review Jul 2020
Oakland, California9,738 contributions1,602 helpful votes
Come and tour the history of this region. You can do your own tour as there are some signs and information to teach you. One of the oldest sites in town.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Stan M wrote a review Jul 2020
Blissfield, Michigan127 contributions17 helpful votes
Our third stop on the tour was San Jose. We enjoyed reading about the founding of the mission, as well as the life within the walls of the mission. This is worth the time to walk around the various areas of the grounds. A sudden rain ended our tour, but not before marveling at the architecture design of this location.
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Date of experience: June 2020
bethstin wrote a review Jun 2020
Chicago, Illinois63 contributions14 helpful votes
We went recently to get a feel for the area and missions. The grounds were great. I thought I had a feel for the layout and how life went. I felt the presence of God and history in the Chapel and Church. The buildings were lovely.The relief work beautiful. I couldn't imagine it pained. This made me wish I had the day to see them all. There were bikes available. I would say don't miss this one if you have a choice top go
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Date of experience: June 2020
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