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Mission Espada, San Antonio

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One of the missions within the UNESCO-designated San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the first Spanish mission in Texas, Mission Espada showcases a well-preserved acequia, a centuries-old irrigation system. Observe the still-functioning aqueduct and dam, which have been transferring water from the San Antonio River to the mission since their construction between 1731 and 1740. Also, check out the irregular arch of the church doorway, which some theorize to be a Moorish design feature and others just a mishap in construction. By using our San Antonio trip planning app, you can arrange your visit to Mission Espada and other attractions in San Antonio.
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  • This was the first mission that we visited since we started from the South and worked our way back towards downtown. It's one of the smaller missions, but we thought it was the prettiest of the... 
    This was the first mission that we visited since we started from the South and worked our way back towards downtown. It's one of the smaller missions, but we thought it was the prettiest of the...  more »
  • This is a lesser-known Old Spanish Mission, but it looks different than the others because of the use of bricks that were made onsite. It is not the most impressive of the Missions but worth a look.....  more
    This is a lesser-known Old Spanish Mission, but it looks different than the others because of the use of bricks that were made onsite. It is not the most impressive of the Missions but worth a look.....  more »
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  • Loved visiting all of the missions. They are not just churches, they were communities. This one is smaller than the others but worth the visit. Very peaceful if you go during the weekdays. Great for some pictures for photography lovers out there.
  • We visited the mission a few years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed it so much that we are going back August 15, 2021. We highly recommend that everyone should visit. Amen!

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