My son and I took a school field trip to San Antonio, and one of the stops was Mission San Jose’. We arrived on a somewhat foggy morning, which set the mood for quiet and reflection. For me, not knowing much about the missions and only hearing of them through stories, this was quite interesting to see.
San José, established in 1720, was the largest, best known, and most beautiful of the Texas missions. It was reconstructed to give visitors a complete picture of life in a mission community — right down to the granary, mill, and Indian quarters. The beautiful rose window is a big attraction, and popular mariachi Masses are held here every Sunday at noon (come early if you want a seat). This is also the site of the missions’ excellent visitor center. If you’re going to visit only one of the missions, this is it.
This beautiful park is open daily, with ranger guided tours available.
Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo
The park’s visitor center is located adjacent to this mission at 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.
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