Mission San Jose, Bexar County, Texas. The third in a string of missions that make up the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, located in the middle of south San Antonio.
Unlike the two previous missions that I have visited earlier (Mission Espada and Mission and Mission San Juan - pictures of these can be found in separate photosets), Mission San Jose was first founded at its present location, approximately five miles south of The Alamo. First settled in 1720, the mission became a focal point for activity in the region. It was the largest of the area missions, and it has been almost completely restored to its former glory. In addition to the impressive church, there are also extensive archways, a fully-staffed visitor's center, and restored mill. If you only have time to visit one mission in the city, this is the one to visit first. Pictures taken March 24, 2008.