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Mission San Juan, San Antonio

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1731 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order, on the eastern banks of the San Antonio River in present-day San Antonio, Texas. The new settlement was named for a 15th-century theologian and warrior priest who resided in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The mission San Juan was named after Saint John of Capestrano.MissionThe first primitive capilla was built out of brush and mud. Eventually a campanile, or "bell tower" containing two bells was incorporated into the structure, which was replaced by a long granary with a flat roof and an attractive belfry around 1756.In around 1760 construction of a larger church building begun on the east side of the Mission compound, but was never completed due to the lack of sufficient labor. Mission San Juan did not prosper to the same extent as the other San Antonio missions because lands allotted to it were not sufficient to plant vast quantities of crops, or breed large numbers of horses and cattle; a dam was constructed in order to supply water to the Mission's acequia, or irrigation system. .
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  • This mission was successful 200 years ago. it remains supported by the NPS and diocese of San Antonio The grounds have few remaining buildings but they support a small museum of native artifacts from ...  more »
  • We traveled the entire mission tour route well marked and enjoyed each mission with its own personal touches. This mission had no gift shop but beautiful grounds a little too far for me to walk howeve...  more »
  • Not the best preserved or the best restored of the Missions, San Juan impressed me as the most authentic. The still-in-use chapel and preserved but unrestored grounds had a very authentic feel.  more »
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  • The history of San Antonio is palpable when one tours the Missions. It is worth taking the time to stroll the grounds and relax...
  • Such a beautiful Historic Site, if you are coming to visit San Antonio you should see all the five historic missions!
  • Very beautiful and a historic part of Texas history. Would recommend to make it part of your day trip The mission Trail is awesome.
  • Its a beautiful place to take your family of all ages Its never to late to learn our History
  • So much my family and learned..loving the history.
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