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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.

At about 9:00 AM we found ourselves at the front doors of 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 worship service. A very kind woman assured us we were welcome to stay and look around for a few minutes before the church service began. All the San Antonio Missions are active churches.

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. The National Park Service Web site does a great job of that. 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. Don’t wait until the last day of your trip to visit them.

More Information

National Park Service – San Antonio Missions
http://www.nps.gov/saan/

County: Bexas

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