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Review of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed June 21, 2011

We did not have much time at this mission and the church was closed for renovation but we enjoyed visiting it for both the architecture and to learn about life at the mission. It gives you another look at life in Texas in the "olden days."It is free and definitely worth an hour or so.

Visited June 2011
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Tulsa, OK
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“Good place to spend an hour or two on a nice day”
Reviewed March 16, 2011

The main church was under renovation during our stay, so we didn’t get to enter. It is a nice place to spend an hour or so walking around the grounds and reading about the mission. The living quarters were open, and you could walk around inside. I think they have some work to do to make them a little more interesting. They were mostly empty during our visit. However, it was still a good stop.

Visited March 2011
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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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“A must see!”
Reviewed January 26, 2011

During our stay in San Antonio, we visited the missions many times. This one being the largest and best restored. Our family enjoyed the beauty and rich history behind the missions. There are plenty of picture oppportunities. The visitor center is very informative, along with a 22 minute video. The kids liked using blank paper and crayons to make rubbings of the missions. There are plaques of each one in the visitor center. The visitors desk provides materials for a small cost if you do not possess them. Make sure to explore all around to find hidden gems throughout. The mill in the back has demonstrations from time to time. The are many scheduled events throughout the year to add to your pleasure. The grounds are be expansive, but easy to manage with straight paths to various sites.

Visited March 2010
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Sacramento Valley
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“Flagship of the San Antonio Collective of Missions”
Reviewed December 23, 2010

May 2010. Mission San Jose is the largest and most restored of the collective of the five San Jose Missions including what is now known as the Alamo. Features a large visitor's center, restored rooms, exhibits and dioramas of early mission life. The Ranger guided tour is interesting and informative as well. Also the most tourist of all Missions with the exception of the Alamo, the most touristy of all of the collective of San Antonio Missions. We recommend visiting this place.

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lakewood ohio
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We toured all of the missions in the San Antonio area. It was a great way to spend the afternoon, and very easy to navigate from one area to the next. I learned alot about how the missions worked and the people who lived in them. I would recommend this as a great way to spend at least one afternoon in the San Antonio area.

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