I took so many picture during our trip to San Antonio last weekend, that I decided I would split up all the pictures – so today I wanted to share all of the pictures from the day when we visited the four missions. These were absolutely breathtaking to see in person (pictures don’t do them any justice, yet i’ll try!) and if it wasn’t so dang hot I feel like we could have spent twice as much time at them.
Visiting the Missions is incredible because not only are they only beautiful, but completely free! You can take as much or as little time as you want and the grounds are gorgeous for reading, relaxing with tons of opportunities to learn about all the history that took place in that exact location. The four missions are located in close proximity to each other so you could visit them all with rentable bikes, or if it’s hot from the comfort of your car!
We visited Mission Concepcion first and it completely took my breathe away (I’m such a sucker for historic sites). I could have sat here all day long! This was dedicated in 1755 and is the oldest unrestored stone church in America.
Next up was Mission San Jose, the largest Mission known as the ‘Queen of the Missions’ that was almost completely restored in 1930 – this mission has a 20 minute video that plays every half hour. Because this one is the largest, definitely give yourself more time to explore this one – the grounds are huge and while we were walking around there was tons of photoshoots going on!
Mission San Juan Capistrano has an amazing history, but is very small – we only stayed at this mission for about 10 minutes. I found out after we left about the trail at this Mission that I didn’t even know existed! Super bummed I didn’t do more research before because this would have been a blast to explore!
The Mission Espada was the last mission we stopped to see and absolutely beautiful! This was also a very small mission that has an incredible history – originally founded in 1690!
If you have some free time in San Antonio – I definitely recommend stopping by all the missions! You Read more about all of the missions here.