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Review of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose
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The Real San Antonio Small Group Guided Tour
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.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Love the visit”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Love the visit. We used the grand trolley to tour San Antonio. This was a stop along the way. Very large Mission. Very interesting!
Trolley visit was only 45 mins. Not really enough time to see it all.

Visited October 2012
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“It was interesting”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This was recommended to us by a friend who used to live in San Antonio. We were happy that it was one of the stops on the Alamo Trolley tour and was interesting. It is a very large compound within the Mission walls, and there were a lot of Park Rangers around (our tax $ at work?). Although they have a short film which describes how the five local missions came to be, I found some of the content of the narrative to be almost offensive. I was disappointed to learn that most of what you see is reconstructed, not original; the mission with the structure that is most original is Mission Concepcion, much smaller than Mission San Jose and just a few minutes north. To me it lacked displays or details that would engage the viewer with what life was like in the mission; more details as to what the different areas were used for and how they were used. It just felt like a shell.

Visited October 2012
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Grand Rapids, MI.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great History”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

The Mission Trail is a must to visit while visiting San Antonio. Our favorite was Mission San Jose. All the Missions are free and belong to the National Parks. I suggest you take your car. Large parking at each. Also these Missions are functioning churches. You could also ride the Trolly to each one. Buy a day pass for $4 each and ride around all day anywhere the bus system takes you. The mission trail is around 20 miles long so keep in mind for bike riders.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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“My 1st Mission visit”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I loved the mission San Jose. I've always wanted to visit a mission and finally got to do this one. I like that there is more than 1 mission on the trail and they're all so close together. I only got to see San Jose for lack of time. I love history and the history of my home state. You can close your eyes, and almost see the soldiers, and Spanish missionaries walking around the grounds. Beautiful stone buildings and interesting displays.

Visited September 2012
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Papillion, Nebraska, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“One of five missions, but one of the best”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We started at this mission because it had the visitors center and a full reconstruction of the grounds just like it had been in the 1700s. Took the ranger tour, which was short, and then were allowed to roam and take pictures. It's a good starting point.

Visited October 2012
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