on July 11, 2000
In 1720 Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus founded the best known of the San Antonio missions - San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo.
The exquisite detail of the church's famous Rose Window demonstrates the work of the artisans who built this chapel. The Roman Catholic church keeps a parish here and you can worship here Sunday mornings for mass. The grounds are under restoration. In the spring, they are so muddy you can barely navigate you way from the front gates to the church. Late summer, the same courtyard is flourishing in green and you can almost imagine what life here would have been like. This is the most complete of the missions with a full set of massive stone walls, and many useable rooms. There are two gift shops here. One inside a large newly constructed visitors center where you can view free movie about mission life. The other inside a room in the mission wall. Both offer a large selection of books, many signed by local authors. Expect to spend 30 minutes or more at this location.
There is no charge for the mission. Gates close at 5pm.
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