Mission San Juan Capistrano Chapel Vertical

joancarroll

Fort Worth, United States

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Another WOW moment visiting the Spanish Missions in San Antonio TX. This is the chapel at Mission San Jose, also known as Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo. Founded in 1720, the mission was named for Saint Joseph and the Marques 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 Jesus, a very prominent Franciscan missionary in early Texas. San Jose 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 Jose was viewed as the model among the Texas missions and gained a reputation as a major social and cultural center. It became known as the “Queen of the Missions.” Mission activities officially ended in 1824. After that, the buildings were home to soldiers, the homeless, and bandits. Thus the mission fell into disrepair. Much of what is visible today was reconstructed by the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s. Today, this is an active parish church in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The Spanish Missions in San Antonio comprise a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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