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“Wonderful Historic Site!”
Review of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose
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Ranked #3 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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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.
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful Historic Site!”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

For those who are born in Texas or who are interested in Texas history, this is a great place to visit. The guided tour, which was free, lasted 45 minutes and was informative. The guide led us around the property giving historical details about the mission eventually leading us to San Jose. It is still an active Catholic parish, and the church is beautifully decorated. I loved the gift shop and the facilities are nice.

Visited March 2012
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“If You Are Only Visiting One Mission in San Antonio, This Should Be The One”
Reviewed March 6, 2012

There are 4 missions in San Antonio (not counting The Alamo, which was originally a mission). Of the 4 missions (San Jose, Concepcion, San Juan Capistrano, Espada), this is the one to visit. There is a US Park Visitor center here, a short film, a very small, but informative museum and a gift shop.

It is the largest, most beautiful and best preserved of the San Antonio missions. It was established in the 1720's. Although there is a beautiful church here, there is so much more -- including a granary, grist mill, Indian quarters and fortifications. The Church is beautiful and is noted for its ROSE Window. The ROSE window is a stunning piece of architecture, clocked in a mystery of its signficance. There is a story of a tragic love that caused the scultpture to construct this window.

When I was there, there was restoration work going on around the front of the church. One man was painstakingly fixing some limestone that was deteriorating. The National Park Service guides provide interesting information about life at the mission back in the 1700's. Although this is park of the federal park service, the church is actually used every Sunday. The historic alter is also worth viewing.

Visited February 2012
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“Beautiful historic site”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

This was my second time visiting San Jose, and I enjoyed being able to show my husband around this time. The church is so lovely, as are the grounds. It was disappointing to discover some sort of outdoors event for children was going on the day we were there. The entire center of the mission courtyard area near the church was full of booths, which really took away from the experience for me. If you are in the area, definitely take the time to visit all four missions.

Visited March 2012
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Well Preserved Mission”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Well preserved mission, though no longer active. Free.

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Dallas, Texas
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“Well restored Texas mission”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

One of San Antonio's best preserved missions, the San Jose gives a glimpse into what life on the Texas prairie would have been like a couple of centuries ago. The National Park Service maintains the site and the movie in the visitor center is very informative.

Visited March 2012
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