Spanish Missions of San Antonio

San Juan

Much like , Mission San Juan Capistrano was originally established as San Jose de los Nazonis in East Texas and then moved to San Antonio in 1731.

Misson San Juan

window and arch
Notice the arch is being supported by metal rods and a beam? Seems the building is crumbling and they are trying to save it.
cracks in the mission wall
This is the inside of the wall that's being supported, you can see the large cracks in it.
Inside Mission San Juan
The chapel is quite narrow, maybe 12 feet wide?
bench under window
This building was marked as a private residence. I think the pastor or head of the church lives here, there is an office marked in the back too.

doorway wall window at San Juan Mission

window in wall at San Juan Mission San Antonio

San Juan Mission Door

historic mission walls
Residence on the mission grounds. Can you imagine living an a house almost 300 years old?

historic mission walls 2

By mid century, San Juan Mission with its rich farm and pasture lands, was a regional supplier of agricultural produce. Orchards and gardens outside the walls provided peaches, melons, pumpkins, grapes and peppers. Corn, beans, sweet potatoes, squash and even sugar cane were grown in irrigated fields. In 1762, Mission San Juan’s herds were reported to include 3500 sheep and nearly as many cattle.

The San Antonio missions were self-sufficient, and they supported area settlements and the nearby presidio. In good times, they traded surplus goods to others.


This is a three part post on the Spanish Missions of San Antonio.

The first mission photographed on the previous page was the and the next mission is .

Page 3 – San Antonio Missions – San Jose

7 thoughts on “Spanish Missions of San Antonio”

  1. Darlene, the pictures of the Spanish missions in San Antonio left me speechless ! I liked the atmosphere and texture and well…everything, really, about them! What a beautiful and informative post !

  2. OH MY!! those green fern looking things look like they’re moving around and going to jump out and catch me if i walk by..hehe.

    Gorgeous photography! When you get back we’ll have to go on a photo date walk together 🙂

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