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Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio

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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 is the largest mission in the area and it gives you a great idea of how the Spanish settled this area. You will learn about Indian slaves, friars and how this mission was saved when the fought ov...  more »
  • I would rate this is my least favorite of the missions. When I was here the church was closed. Have no idea if this is the way it is all the time. It is impressive, but I did not feel the same connect...  more »
  • We loved visiting each of the missions! Next time, we will rent the bikes and take the trails in between them!  more »
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  • I think I learned the most history at Mission San Juan. It was fun to walk around and explore the grounds, and the church is really cool. It's super small, but it's beautiful.
  • Beautiful, peaceful , great mission to visit walk around the ruin feel great . Church is beautiful as well . Great bike trail in the area .
  • One of my fav cause of the white washed church and huge grounds where you can hike or bike
  • Beautiful grounds, well maintained, ample parking. Easy to get there by car, bus, or bike.
  • Very little ruins, but a beautifully restored church and campus, make this San Antonio mission trail stop worthy of a visit.

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