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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  • August 11, 2017
    Is the mission that struck me less among all those visits Though worth stopping along the Mission Trail to visit because it is unlike any other
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  • August 9, 2017
    This is the 3rd mission I've visited in San Antonio, and in comparison, it was pretty lackluster. Everything was closed off. We didn't get to look inside the chapel. The bright part was the short trai...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    When in San Antonio, a visit to Mission San Juan is a must. It is the largest of the missions (not including the Alamo). The church is gorgeous and the grounds are beautifully kept. This location is r...  more »
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  • March 9, 2017
    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.
  • March 14, 2017
    Beautiful, peaceful , great mission to visit walk around the ruin feel great . Church is beautiful as well . Great bike trail in the area .
  • May 12, 2017
    One of my fav cause of the white washed church and huge grounds where you can hike or bike
  • December 6, 2016
    Beautiful grounds, well maintained, ample parking. Easy to get there by car, bus, or bike.
  • October 27, 2016
    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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