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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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  • What I liked about this mission was the short trail behind leading down to the creek and along leading back to the gateway 
  • My wife and I visited on a weekday afternoon which probably helped create such a peaceful and quiet atmosphere among the mission's ancient walls. Mission San Juan is farther removed from downtown San ...  read more »
  • We visited all the missions in the San Antonio area and this was unique in the construction. It was worth the drive. 
  • Great place to visit. Definitely see all 4. This is a unique place and worth visiting.
  • One of the most beautiful and well preserved mission churches I have ever seen. All the missions are a MUST see and visit when you visit San Antonio.
  • Great mission to visit, give one the sense of being there during the time it was active.
  • Nice place to see some history...
  • So glad to have visited this new UNESCO heritage site. Lots of history here.
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