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Nikon D300 ~ 18-200mm Nikkor Lens
f7.1 ~ 1/10s ~ ISO 640
Taken in San Antonio, Texas (US)
chapel in Mission San Jose

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Per the National Parks Service

Founded in 1720, the mission was named for Saint Joseph and the Marqués de San Miguel de Aguayo, the governor of the Province of Coahuila and Texas at the time. It was built on the banks of the San Antonio river several miles to the south of the earlier mission, San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo).
Its founder was the famed Father Antonio Margil de Jesús, a very prominent Franciscan missionary in early Texas.
Mission San Jose is an active parish. Visitors are welcome to attend mass on Sundays.

San José, as it became known, was the largest of the missions in the area. At its height, the community contained about 350 Indian neophytes, sustained by extensive fields and herds of livestock. Viewed as the model among the Texas missions, San José gained a reputation as a major social and cultural center. It became known as the “Queen of the Missions.” Its imposing complex of stone walls, bastions, granary, and magnificent church was completed by 1782.
So rich an enterprise was a natural target for Apache and Comanche depredations. Although they could not prevent raids on their livestock, the mission itself was almost impregnable. In his journal, Fray Juan Agustín Morfí attested to its defensive character: “It is, in truth, the first mission in America . . . in point of beauty, plan, and strength . . . there is not a presidio along the entire frontier line that can compare with it.” The danger was when working the fields or during travel to and from the ranch or other missions. With technical help from the two presidial soldiers garrisoned there, San José residents learned to defend themselves. Already proficient with bow and arrow, the men also learned the use of guns and cannon.
Mission San José has become a lasting symbol throughout the centuries for the Spanish mission frontier in Texas.
Having fallen into disrepair and partial ruin over the years, the San Antonio Conservation Society and the Federal Government among others, undertook to restore portions of the mission community in the 1920s and 1930s. The church, which had lost its dome, bell tower, and a wall, was rededicated in 1937.
In 1941, Mission San José was declared a State Historic Site, and later that same year, a National Historic Site. When the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park was established in November 1978, the Spanish colonial mission was assured of protection in cooperation with the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the parish.

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mission, chapel, alter, historical, mission san jose, san antonio, texas, national park, teresa burnett

Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – TeresaB

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Superbly captured Teresa.

  • Thank you so much Julie

    – TeresaB

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Lovely repetition and lines!

  • Thank you so much Lynn

    – TeresaB

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 1 year ago

    You captured this so well! Gorgeous image!

  • Thank you so much Kristi

    – TeresaB

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Teresa, This may be the most beautiful of all the missions in San Antonio and your image captures it so well.
    Bob

  • Thanks so very much Bob! I have to admit, I thought it was the most impressive!

    – TeresaB

  • labaker
    labakerover 1 year ago

    beautiful work Teresa :)

  • Thanks so very much Larry

    – TeresaB

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so very much Ray and Audrey!! I’m delighted, and I greatly appreciate the feature!!

    – TeresaB

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    GREAT CAPTURE…AN ATMOSPHERA FULL OF MYSTIC BEAUTY !!!!!

  • Thanks so very much Anna

    – TeresaB

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    Such a beautiful capture! Love your info and how wonderful they restored and rededicated this mission.
    Wonderful!!! xoxoxoxox

  • Thanks so much Shar! They are actually still working on the mission. I suspect they always will. Trying to keep these treasures from crumbling away must be a real chore! But they are doing a beautiful job and I hope they do keep it looking beautiful for generations to come!!

    – TeresaB

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    A really excellent capture!!!! Congratulations on being featured!!! Bill

  • Thank you Bill

    – TeresaB

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