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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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Beautiful Church and wonderful Mission

This is an amazing Mission and an even more amazing church. The colors of the altar are beyond beautiful, the grounds well kept, and it's a worthy stop for anyone in the area. As... read more

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Virginia
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing Mission and an even more amazing church. The colors of the altar are beyond beautiful, the grounds well kept, and it's a worthy stop for anyone in the area. As an added bonus there is a great visitors center on the outside of the Mission and has a movie definitely worth seeing. It was very well... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Spanish established a series of missions than run from the Alamo south from San Antonio. There is a trail that allows one to walk (quite a total distance) or bike from one mission to another. It is interesting to see how they built the missions which included a lot more than just a church and in fact we entire... More 

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Plymouth, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The mission, just a few miles south of the Alamo, has been refurbished and signed to tell the story. First, of its use as a mission, then its fall and recovery thanks to the Diocese. The enclosing wall is intact, lending understanding to how the mission operated.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Mission San Jose is the largest and most impressive of four missions in close proximity to each other, all part of a National Park. The visitors center, with a short film showing the history and culture of the people who lived at the mission, is located at this site, so it's the best one to start with. We did self-guided... More 

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Mantua, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can experience here the real history of Texas, how it all begun. The mission itself is perfectly preserved, while guides and posters explain you how missionaries, Spanish soldiers and converted Indians all lived together, defending themselves from hostile tribes.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Be sure to watch the movie and to take the Rangers guided tour. He was well versed in the amazing history and this lovely stop set the stage for our visit to the Alamo

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Cedar Park, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The kids and I came down from Austin to do some "adventuring" as we like to say and as many times as we have come to San Antonio we have not done the missions (outside of the Alamo). I was toting 4 kids with me (7 8, 10, 17), so we did not get to go in depth at any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 4 missions in San Antonio area and this is the most restored among the missions and the largest. Their visitor's center also shows films every 30 mins or so. Read up on the history of Texas to get the idea and significance of the missions and the Alamo. This attraction is free and the moment you step through... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We started at the visitors center and learned that there are 4 missions in a very close area. We didn't have time to visit all of them before they closed at 5, but enjoyed the two we visited. The video in the Visitors Center was worth watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is part of the history of Texas; it's historic and educational to visit there and see how people who settled this area lived 300 years ago. It's very well preserved and largely intact, definitely plan on going there. Well worth your time

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