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St Joseph's Downtown Church, San Antonio

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The St. Joseph Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, located at 623 East Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Gothic Revival house of worship was the fourth Catholic parish in the city.The church is an example of what the Chinese describe as a nail house; when the church refused to sell to a property developer a large shopping mall was constructed around it.Parish historyThe church occupies the probable second site of the Missión San Antonio de Valero, before it was moved in 1724 to its present location. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1868, and it was finally completed in 1871. It served a large and growing community of German immigrants. In the 1870s, Friar Henry Pfefferkorn, founder of the Liederkranz, painted the Annunciation and Assumption murals on the side altars. A steeple was added in 1898. Stained glass windows, imported from the Emil Frei Art Glass Factory in Munich, Germany, were installed in 1902.In 1944, Joske's department store offered to buy the church grounds in order to develop it commercially. Parishioners unanimously refused the offer to move from the site and so instead Joske's built around the three sides of the church, earning the church from locals the moniker "St. Joske's". A restoration was commenced in 1981. Today, the parish serves as home to a multicultural community and as a popular attraction for tourists. Spanish-language masses are held with mariachi music and the San Antonio Liederkranz sings once a month.
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  • This church is what come to my mind when I think of early Catholic churches from my childhood. Ornate and beautiful. Easy to pass by, but don't miss it. I think it's pretty kewl that this church has r...  more »
  • This church is beautiful inside and attend a mass if possible to really benefit from the serenity. The church is convenient to visit from the River Walk or your trip to the Alamo.  more »
  • Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Downtown San Antonio is the fourth catholic parish in San Antonio and one of the most beautiful churches in the city.The ground stone was laid in 1868and it was finishe...  more »
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  • Went in at noon for a quick spirit lift and was BLOWN AWAY! Beautifully delivered message in an ETHEREAL setting.
  • Very nice catedral
  • Deeply moving experience during weekday masses during our visit to San Antonio. A compassionate priest with a gentile spirit and a very loving heart. Amazing & memorable week for us!
  • Beautiful, loved it. Came from San Francisco to Austin Tx. I would come here again.
  • I love this church & people that are regulars are so friendly. Father Mario is awesome. I feel so at peace here. ❤