This is the second album in the series of Texas Missions.
Mission Concepción was originally established in East Texas in 1716 and moved to its present site in San Antonio in 1731. Concepción is the best preserved Spanish mission in Texas. Its stone church, which was completed in 1755 and has never fallen into ruin, is considered by some historians to be the oldest unrestored church in the United States. In 1835 the mission grounds were the site of the battle of Concepción, in which Texas revolutionaries under James Bowie defeated Mexican troops under Martín Perfecto de Cos.
San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission, one of the five Spanish missions in San Antonio, was founded in the early eighteenth century as a result of a shift of missionary effort from East Texas to South Texas. In 1719 war between France and Spain resulted in the temporary withdrawal of Spanish missionaries from the East Texas missions. Today San Jose is the most complete of the five missions in San Antonio. The walls are completely restored along with the convento, or priests’ quarters, a granary, workrooms, storerooms, and Indian housing. This gives the visitor a full sense of the size and scope of a mission.
Original artwork on walls.
Original artwork around bell rope.
Originally the missions were painted in brightly colored designs. This is a section of original artwork.
Unique feature of San Jose is the "Rose Window"