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Mission Espada

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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214-3815
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+1 210-627-2064

A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Charming, Intimate Mission Church

We visited this smaller of the four missions and found the quiet there contrasted with the larger, more popular sites. The mission church is plain in its architecture but with a... read more

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this smaller of the four missions and found the quiet there contrasted with the larger, more popular sites. The mission church is plain in its architecture but with a very strong character. The interior is priceless with the white stucco walls, wood beam ceilings and tile flooring. Our tour guide, Melvin of San Antonio Detours added much detail... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The first of five San Antonio Missions. The Mission Espada is the one that is the furthest south, excellent place to begin and work your way up through the Missions, finishing on the fifth and last Mission, The Alamo. Like the rest of the missions, you can relive history walking through the ruins, and visiting the different rooms, classrooms, and... More 

Strongsville, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our group enjoyed a pleasant visit and picnic lunch on the grounds here. The chapel is lovely. Stroll the grounds and enjoy the peace of this historic site.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The area appears small when you drive up but it is much larger and the walls enclose a much larger area. The signage is informative and the chapel is pretty.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Parks site says this is Texas' oldest mission, founded in 1690 with existing structures completed by 1751. It's the southernmost among the chain of existing missions established by Spanish Franciscans in that time frame, supporting territorial claims of Spain and spreading Christianity and Spanish culture to new-world inhabitants. Still an active parish, the mission is beautifully restored and... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of most beautiful and authentic mission I have visited so far and the reason being that still operates as a Parish Church.It has been lovingly restored,though the materials used "adobe "are humble and simple. A small community,just two Franciscan friars,are in charge there and doing a marvellous job. Inside the church,San Francis presiding over it. On the right hand... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small but beautiful chapel with service every Sunday at 10am CT. you can park here and take a bicycle to visit all missions.

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Another one of the four missions. This one is worth stopping in for. the church is in great shape adn still has Sunday mass. there is a store there but it had just closed when we got there.

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

This a smaller missions and the farthest one South of San Antonio. We started here as we were coming from Corpus Christy. That was a good thing as most tourist were starting at the most northern mission. This meant smaller crowds because we were going the opposite direction. If you go to one mission and have time, I would visit... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is one of the four missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It was a beautiful building in a tranquil setting. We enjoyed the visit and thought it was well worth the effort to see it.

Thank CKT808

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