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Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

Explore the Mission Trail's 300-year-old Mission Concepcion. This mission, built by Franciscan friars and often considered the most well-preserved of all Texas missions, was founded in 1716. It was consequently moved from its original location to San Antonio, where Pajalats typically occupied the mission. The Battle of Concepcion was fought here in 1835, and the mission was named a National Historic Landmark more than 100 years later in 1970. Contemplate the historical events that occurred here, view the beautiful architecture and interior frescoes, and even attend Catholic Mass on Sundays. Our San Antonio tour planner makes visiting Mission Concepcion and other San Antonio attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Great mission and beautiful architecture. The location is convenient and was clean. We really enjoyed and are glad we stopped.  more »
  • If you enjoy history, visiting the Missions is a worthwhile venture, each Mission offer something different, amazing works of arts/buildings  more »
  • We took the bus tour here, it was one of the prettiest ones. So much to see, lots of walking and observing. There was a guide in the chapel who told us that every August 15 - The Ascension of our Lady...  more »
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  • Out of the four missions on the south side of San Antonio that make up the World Heritage Site and the National Park System, I would consider this one a medium sized one, just a little smaller than Mission San Jose. Just like the other missions, this one is still a fully operational church. Take your time looking at all the details inside the church. Remember, these were built in the wilderness frontier in the first half of the 1700’s. The sanctuary has a beautifully arched ceiling, and if you take a look toward the ceiling at the back of the church, you will notice a small window. On a certain time and day of each year, the sunlight shines through this and is directed on the painting of Jesus Christ which is hung above the altar. Yes, they knew enough about astronomy way back then to know when the sun would be in that certain place and enough to build the church, so the window and the painting were in exactly the right place. In one of the side rooms, take special note of the painting on the ceiling and the tops of the walls (see my photos). The red lines and blue lines represent the “Red Path” and the “Blue Path” that the American Indians of this region believed they has to follow (Google for more information). The sun with the face of the moon within it also has a good story behind it. Notice the face in the moon is the face of a Spaniard. Remember, it was the Spaniard Franciscan monks who built these places with the intention of converting the American Indians to Catholicism. This painting had something to do with that.
  • I enjoyed this mission much more than its sister the Alamo. Practically no commercialization (there's a small gift shop), free parking, no wait, and few visitors; this place feels like a time portal. Absolutely amazing architecture and tons of little nooks to hide away. My wife did a small photo shoot and the backdrops for her shots were breathtaking. Definitely recommend visiting if you're in the area or a local.
  • Spectacular historic church. Preservation is amazing and the connection to the other Missions is incredible to think about. Great example of Spanish architecture. Docent was knowledgeable and access was nicely done. Highly recommend.
  • Beautiful, never crowded. Peaceful grounds. This is one of my favorite missions, this one and San Jose. Been twice already! Grab a coffee and spend the day wandering around and taking pictures. It's sad as it seems that not many local San Antonians visit the missions. I come from a city that revered their historic and natural wonders and they were the pride of locals. It was considered a normal thing for locals to visit. So, naturally the missions were some of the first places my family visited once we moved here. However, after talking to our new friends/co-workers, it was revealed that most have not been to them, despite having been born and raised here in SA!? If that's you, then GO SEE THE MISSIONS! Look at them in awe, take pride in this city's rich history. Totally worth it!
  • Just stunning. Definitely worth the short drive out from town. Beautifully preserved with a lot of spaces that that you can access and look at, and the architecture is glorious. I loved that there is still some art visible on the walls inside and the profile is just iconic.
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