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by Sam Fenstermacher

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Several years ago my wife and I spent a long weekend in San Antonio. We did all the popular things there are to do in San Antonio. The Alamo, River Walk, Botanic Gardens, etc. On Sunday morning we got up early and checked out of the hotel intending to spend a day drifting around in the Hill Country. The one last thing we wanted to do was take a quick look at the "Other" Missions. You know, the ones they don't talk about in the travel brochures.
Mission Concepcion Church, San Antonio Mission Trail
Mission Concepcion Church
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission Concepcion. Church interior , San Antonio mission trail
Mission Concepcion. Church interior
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
At about 9:00 AM we found ourselves at the front door of the church at Mission Concepcion. The National Park Service ranger had assured us the building was unlocked so we opened the door and walked in. What we found was the church congregation preparing for Sunday services. A very kind woman assured us we were welcome to stay and look around for a few minutes before church services started. All the San Antonio Missions are still active churches.
Mission Espada, San Antonio Mission Trail
Mission Espada. Scanned from a brown-tone black and white print.
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission Espada, San Antonio Mission Trail
Mission Espada. Picture taken in late afternoon.
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission Espada arch and cross, San Antonio Mission Trail
Mission Espada. Picture taken in late afternoon. Accent is on broken arch of door and cross with strong shadow.
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
In November of 2002 we returned to San Antonio to spend two days dedicated to seeing the other missions. The images here are from that trip. I'm going to resist the temptation to tell you anything about the missions. They are well documented. I will tell you that I was impressed with the history of this holy place. These have to be the oldest active churches in the state.
Mission San Jose, San Antonio Mission trail
Mission San Jose
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission San Jose, San Antonio Mission trail
Mission San Jose
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission San Jose. Church interior
Mission San Jose.
Church interior and dome

Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission San Juan. Church interior. San Antonio Mission trail
Mission San Juan. Church interior
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
Mission San Juan - Altar, San Antonio Texas mission trail
Mission San Juan - Altar
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, Nov. 2002
The National Park Service does a good job of presenting the missions. And, unlike so many other attractions in San Antonio it costs almost nothing to see the San Antonio Missions.

Enjoy the images!


© Sam Fenstermacher
2002

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