One of Texas’s oldest cities, San Antonio is home to almost 300 years of art, architecture, and culture. The eclectic mix of immigrant groups that settled the area have poured their talents into shaping and decorating their houses of worship, making San Antonio’s historic churches among the best starting points for learning about the city’s rich and varied culture and history.
San Francisco de la Espada marks the southern endpoint of the eight-mile Mission Reach bike trail, which is the ideal way to see each of San Antonio’s missions, now UNESCO World Heritage sites. This, the smallest of the missions, is located in a quiet, semi-rural neighborhood, which provides a tranquil halfway stop for cyclists. To get a fuller picture of how these settlements operated during Spanish Colonial days, cyclists are also encouraged to take a quick detour from the trail to see the old Espada Acequia, a Roman-style aqueduct that once provided water to the mission.
10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX, USA +1 210 627 2064
Mission San Juan
Founded in 1731, San Juan Capistrano is named for an Italian priest who joined Hungarian military commander János Hunyadi in fending off an Ottoman invasion in 1456. Like its sister missions, San Juan was founded to convert and house the local Coahuiltecan people. Over the years it came to serve increasingly diverse congregants as the surrounding farmland and the nearby community of Berg’s Mill drew Catholic immigrants from different parts of central Europe. Visitors can still attend mass or simply walk the grounds.
9101 Graf Rd, San Antonio,TX, USA +1 210 534 0749
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