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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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  • We visited quite a few of the missions, driving to each one in one day. San Juan Capistrano. The latter's church was locked up due to vandalism and only open on weekends for services. Millions of doll...  more »
  • This was a mission where there is a burial site on the grounds. This site gives a person a better vision on how large the mission was. There is still a little active church here.  more »
  • Probably the one I felt bad about interrupting their Spanish service, the only Mission I disturbed on this Sunday. Most simplest of them all, but still beautiful.  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.