Mission Concepcion
Mission Concepcion
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
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This 200-year-old Franciscan mission at the very heart of the Mission Trail was originally built against claims of French colonization.
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  • lithlith
    885 contributions
    Mission Conception
    Mission Conception is where we started our mission touring day and I'm glad we did as the parking lot was the smallest of all of the missions, so I'm sure it fills up later in the day when more people are out and about. Mission Conception has more to explore than the Alamo including the church inside. There are restrooms available and it's just a short walk from the parking to the restrooms and mission site to explore. I wouldn't plan more than 30-45 minutes for this site.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,761 contributions
    The oldest unrestored stone church in America
    Franciscan Friars established Mission Nuestra Secora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, more commonly known as Mission Concepcion, in the Nacogdoches area of East Texas in 1716, then moved the mission to San Antonio in 1731. Located at 807 Mission Road, it is the oldest unrestored church in America and is the best preserved of the Texas missions. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mission Concepcion consists of a sanctuary, nave, convent and granary. It has the largest collection of fresco wall art of any of the missions in San Antonio. When originally built, brightly painted frescoes decorated both the exterior and interior of the building. Today, only traces of the frescoes still exist on the weathered facade of the building. Experts restored some of the artwork on the interior walls and ceilings of the convento in 1988. There are three paintings hanging in the church. Above the alter is "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception." In the south transept is a painting of St. Francis of Assisi. In the north transept is a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All were given to the church when it was founded in 1716. One of the most entertaining events that occurs at the church every August 15 is a solar light show during the Feast of the Assumption. At precisely 6:30 p.m. a beam of sunlight comes through the circular window above the entrance and gradually settles on the floor at the very center of the church, the intersection of the nave and transepts. Moments later, a second beam comes through the western window in the church's dome and illuminates the wall above the alter. The entire process takes about 25 minutes. Today, the church is open to visitors from 9 to 5 daily. A guided tour of the grounds is given by National Park Service Rangers from 10 to 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • subterranean_jack
    531 contributions
    Beautiful old mission
    This was the only mission I had time to visit while in the San Antonio area, and I was fortunate to pick the right one. The entire structure is in very good shape, especially the interior. A free tour was provided and was really interesting. Beautiful old place. Worth the visit!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Ronald B
    Arlington, Virginia3,749 contributions
    The Mission Conception
    I once visited Mission Conception as a child with my aunt and uncle. It was established by Franciscan Friars as the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña (also Mission Concepción) in 1711. Mission Concepción is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. Its beauty, elegance, and presence has lasted 300 years. To go inside is to enjoy and to “feel” the beauty of the church. I enjoyed my long-awaited return.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 25 July 2023
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Chris W
Corpus Christi, TX74 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Ranger was cool. Mission was awesome. The old guy in the church telling us the history was a little too intense and not very friendly. Heads up on that.
Written 5 November 2023
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Ronald B
Arlington, VA3,749 contributions
Oct 2022
I once visited Mission Conception as a child with my aunt and uncle. It was established by Franciscan Friars as the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña (also Mission Concepción) in 1711. Mission Concepción is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. Its beauty, elegance, and presence has lasted 300 years. To go inside is to enjoy and to “feel” the beauty of the church. I enjoyed my long-awaited return.
Written 25 July 2023
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subterranean_jack
Phoenix531 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
This was the only mission I had time to visit while in the San Antonio area, and I was fortunate to pick the right one. The entire structure is in very good shape, especially the interior. A free tour was provided and was really interesting. Beautiful old place. Worth the visit!
Written 29 June 2023
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C8281XNjt
Boise, ID23 contributions
Apr 2023
Full of History!
If you like Missions, you must see the Missions on the Trail. Well worth the walk through.
Written 19 June 2023
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Bon09
Riner, VA116 contributions
Apr 2023
This was our favorite. Take the time to go to the missions , read about them and what the history is they each hold.
Written 28 April 2023
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,775 contributions
Jan 2023
Mission Concepcion is the northern most mission in the park, while The Alamo is north of it, but not in the park.
The mission church is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. It stands as it did centuries ago. Most of it's decorations have faded, but some of the original frescos are still visible. It is nice that this mission has been left in it's historic state for all of us to see.
Written 26 April 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Franciscan Friars established Mission Nuestra Secora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, more commonly known as Mission Concepcion, in the Nacogdoches area of East Texas in 1716, then moved the mission to San Antonio in 1731. Located at 807 Mission Road, it is the oldest unrestored church in America and is the best preserved of the Texas missions. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mission Concepcion consists of a sanctuary, nave, convent and granary. It has the largest collection of fresco wall art of any of the missions in San Antonio. When originally built, brightly painted frescoes decorated both the exterior and interior of the building. Today, only traces of the frescoes still exist on the weathered facade of the building. Experts restored some of the artwork on the interior walls and ceilings of the convento in 1988. There are three paintings hanging in the church. Above the alter is "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception." In the south transept is a painting of St. Francis of Assisi. In the north transept is a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All were given to the church when it was founded in 1716. One of the most entertaining events that occurs at the church every August 15 is a solar light show during the Feast of the Assumption. At precisely 6:30 p.m. a beam of sunlight comes through the circular window above the entrance and gradually settles on the floor at the very center of the church, the intersection of the nave and transepts. Moments later, a second beam comes through the western window in the church's dome and illuminates the wall above the alter. The entire process takes about 25 minutes. Today, the church is open to visitors from 9 to 5 daily. A guided tour of the grounds is given by National Park Service Rangers from 10 to 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
Written 3 April 2023
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Amy S
Saint Louis, MO21 contributions
Mar 2023
The Alamo is the most famous one, but this and Mission San Jose are definitely must sees to understand how the missions worked.
Written 6 March 2023
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lithlith
Michigan885 contributions
Feb 2023
Mission Conception is where we started our mission touring day and I'm glad we did as the parking lot was the smallest of all of the missions, so I'm sure it fills up later in the day when more people are out and about. Mission Conception has more to explore than the Alamo including the church inside. There are restrooms available and it's just a short walk from the parking to the restrooms and mission site to explore. I wouldn't plan more than 30-45 minutes for this site.
Written 5 March 2023
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Brian S
Escanaba519 contributions
Feb 2023
Wonderful depiction of early missions in this area that still functions as s church, Thought this was the best of all the missions in san Antonio
Written 28 February 2023
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