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“Best Mission to get an appreciation for history”
Review of Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose
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$30.00*
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Small-Group World Heritage San Antonio Missions...
Ranked #6 of 280 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.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

In addition to having a beautiful church, this mission is unique with its walled compound where you can see where people lived in their small rooms with a fireplace. I was on a bus tour with a great tour guide who told us a love story about the church's bell. There is a large gift shop and bathrooms near by.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

It's the grandest of all the missions. It has a great history, try to leech on to a group where the ranger is discussing its history. That's what I did and I learned a lot. Like how many people lived there, what happened to them (the disease outbreak), how they made food, etc. They even have their own mill using water to make flour (which they still make for a company that donates the wheat for demonstrations). The whole thing blew my mind, it's gorgeous. I spent about an hour just walking around the grounds and looking at the architecture. Built in the late 1700's, it's a marvel it's still standing.

Make sure to go to all the missions, they aren't far from each other and it makes for a pretty cool couple of hours checking them out. Just make sure to talk to the rangers for cool facts you might not find out otherwise.

Also, please be respectful. I noticed some people leaving trash there and eating in the church. I know the tripadvisor community is a good honest group, but it disappoints me when I see people so blatantly disrespecting these priceless historical artifacts. *I'll get off my soap box, enjoy!

Thank Jayhawkoholic
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

There are five missions in San Antonio (including the Alamo). These missions are part of a federal park. This is the largest and most restored and includes a church that still offers services. Don't hit the Riverwalk and miss the missions, that would be a shame.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We took a tour of the city and this was one of the stops. What a beautiful Mission. I love history so this was a highlight for me.

Thank Curt K
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

You can either drive here or take the Alamo Trolley Tour (with Hop-on, Hop-off pass) and tour this mission. It is known as the “Queen of the Missions” because of its size. It will take about 1 hour to tour it. (the Trolley runs by it every hour). At the visitors center you can watch a short film on the mission which is very informative. Go inside the walls of the mission and walk the grounds. Also available is a guided tour starting at the visitor’s center. All in all this is an interesting sight to visit.

Thank mlhabh
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