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Mission San Jose: A Fortification Fit for a Queen

We’re guessing you remember the Alamo, but have you heard of the Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo? Spanish missions, like Mission San Jose, were not simply churches, but rather entire communities centered on a church. Consisting of stone walls, granary, bastions, living quarters, the church, and other structures, Mission San Jose, dubbed “Queen of the Missions,” is the largest in San Antonio. It was founded in 1720 and completed in 1782. The mission had fallen into disrepair by the early 20th century, but was restored to its original glory by FDR’s Work Projects Administration in the 1930s. The famed Ventana de Rose (“Rose Window”), which adorns the south side of the church, has inspired both adulation and legend through the generations. Today, visitors can enjoy 45-minute guided tours of the mission every day of the week at 10, 11, 2, and 3 o’clock (with some severe weather exceptions).

Address: 6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214

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