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Mission Espada

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Address: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214-3815
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+1 210-627-2064

A Franciscan Mission seen along the Mission Trail.

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Small but beautiful chapel

This is a small but beautiful chapel with service every Sunday at 10am CT. you can park here and take a bicycle to visit all missions.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small but beautiful chapel with service every Sunday at 10am CT. you can park here and take a bicycle to visit all missions.

Thank Francisco A
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Another one of the four missions. This one is worth stopping in for. the church is in great shape adn still has Sunday mass. there is a store there but it had just closed when we got there.

Thank Lynn F
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This a smaller missions and the farthest one South of San Antonio. We started here as we were coming from Corpus Christy. That was a good thing as most tourist were starting at the most northern mission. This meant smaller crowds because we were going the opposite direction. If you go to one mission and have time, I would visit... More 

Thank Susan H
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the four missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It was a beautiful building in a tranquil setting. We enjoyed the visit and thought it was well worth the effort to see it.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to start your visit at the information center. There was a delightful volunteer who told us all about the weaving of cloth from sheeps wool, dyeing the spun wool with dye made from the cochineal bugs that nest on the nopal cactus. I loved this. Then we walked around and it felt like we had more perspective on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mission Espada is a historic mission on the Mission trail which is part of the National Park system. If you visit San Antonio, you need to spend a day visiting all the missions. It is worth it!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The [volunteer] rangers at this location gave a wonderful history of Mission Espada and definitely made the trip worth it.

Thank garrison p
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a pretty and serene place. A must see, along with the other missions in San Antonio. Still an active church - there was a service going on while we were there!

Thank turbotrevor
Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mission Espada is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The grounds are lovely and well-maintained. They are perfect for a relaxing stroll on a quiet day. The church on the mission grounds is striking and well-maintained. There is a lot of history at this park to enjoy and learn from. The highlight here for me was meeting... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mission Espada was the third of the 4 missions in the national historic park that we visited. It is the southernmost of the missions so people typically visit it either first or last. We decided to visit San Jose last due to our kids participating in the junior ranger program. Espada is also the oldest of the East Texas Missions.... More 

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