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Mission Concepción - San Antonio, Texas

Photo by Jason Merlo
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     The southern Texas Plains Region, with friendly folks and a warm, inviting climate, has been shaped with 300 years of Spanish Chapel Interior - Mission Concepción, San Antonio, Texas influence and culture. Here along the Mission Trail (map) you’ll find some of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in America. The well known Alamo is managed by the Daughters of the Republic Of Texas, while four other missions make up the San Antonio National Historic Park. Of these four, the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña is said to be the oldest unrestored stone church building in the United States. Although the exterior Ceiling Fresco - Mission Concepción, San Antonio, Texas geometric patterns have worn away, the 265 year old decorative and symbolic frescos still cover a few of the interior rooms.
     The string of missions was designed to halt an increasing French expansion, as well as assist in Native American conversion. Skilled Mexican craftsmen and local Natives began construction on Mission Concepción in 1731. The base for the mission’s 45 inch thick walls were placed on solid bedrock, giving the structure a lasting stability. Its cross-shaped footprint was capped with an intricate dome roof and accentuated with two bell towers. This excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture, taking 20 years of construction, is open daily for tours from 9am to 5pm.

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