San Antonio Missions
Six missions were established along the San Antonio River. Five of them are still in existence. The Alamo was the first and is the most famous today, but I went to visit the other four.
Considered by some to be the oldest unrestored church in the United States.
It's the only one of the missions built with two towers.
Some of the interior rooms show remnants of colorful designs painted over 250 years ago.
Mission San Jose
Known as "Queen of the Missions" for its size, it became the best known of the Texas missions in its day. It has been almost fully restored to its original design.
This is typical of the Romanesque arches found throughout the missions.
There is lots of detail in the statues on the front of the church.
This is the beautiful "Rose Window."
Mission San Juan
In the mid 1700s, Mission San Juan was a regional supplier of agricultural produce, and had 3500 sheep and nearly as many cattle.
Mission Espada was the only mission to make brick, which is still visible.
The unusual broken arch over the doorway was either a mistake or an artistic intention.