Even though the Alamo is by far the most famous, there are four more missions on the San Antonio Mission Trail. Since yesterday was our last day there, after taking the girls for one last romp at the greatest dog park ever, visiting the missions would be the last of our San Antonio sightseeing. The first Spanish mission on the San Antonio river, the Alamo was founded in 1718. Over the next thirteen years, the other four were established along the river.forming the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. The compounds were open, but I could not enter two of the four churches because San Jose is being renovated and San Juan closed early, just as we got there.
Mission San Jose
This is the largest compound with most buildings and the walls intact, known as the "Queen of the Missions."
Mission San Juan
This is the entrance through which a gatekeeper would give permission to enter the mission...y'all know by now how I love gates and doorways.
Another gateway, this one framed that magnificent tree with the tangled trunks.
I was deeply touched by the simplicity of this church.
Lovin' Life ~~ Experiencing History
P.S. We are driving through Houston as I click on "Publish Post"!