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San Antonio Missions - Texas

Images of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in central Texas, taken in August 2016.

In the 1700s the Spanish established a chain of missions along the San Antonio River to expand their influence in the area. Between 1747 and 1775 the five missions thrived converting the Indians to Christianity. As the Spanish power diminished these missions were turned over to the locals and in some cases used for non-secular purposes. In the 1920s the city of San Antonio acquired the missions to preserve them for their historical value. Today, even as the missions continue to be used as places of worship, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park represents the largest collection of Catholic missions in North America.

While at Mission San Jose, one of the largest and best preserved missions, I came upon a family celebrating their daughter’s Quinceañera, a Mexican tradition commemorating her becoming a woman on her 15th birthday. They would spend this day having their daughter photographed in several traditional costumes and invited me to take a few shots of my own as they moved about the compound. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a longstanding Mexican tradition practiced in a historical shrine.
Site of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Crosses on top of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Crosses on top of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion and compound ruins in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion and compound ruins in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side chapel in Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side chapel in Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Main sanctuary in Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Main sanctuary in Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion and grounds in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Concepcion and grounds in San Antonio Missions NHP
Well on the grounds of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Well on the grounds of Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side view of Mission Concepcion and ruins in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side view of Mission Concepcion and ruins in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arches behind Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arches behind Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Jose, “Queen of the Missions”, in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Jose, “Queen of the Missions”, in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched walkway at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched walkway at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
The front of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
The front of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched ruins behind Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched ruins behind Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mexican Quinceañera Celebration at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mexican Quinceañera Celebration at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Jose alter in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Jose alter in San Antonio Missions NHP
Quinceañera Celebration photo shoot at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Quinceañera Celebration photo shoot at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched walkway in the courtyard at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Arched walkway in the courtyard at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Facade of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Facade of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side view from the courtyard of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Side view from the courtyard of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Fortified compound gate of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Fortified compound gate of Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Rosa’s Window at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Rosa’s Window at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Sturdy compound wall at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Sturdy compound wall at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Flower mill at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Flower mill at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Inside the flower mill at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Inside the flower mill at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Inside the compound wall at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Inside the compound wall at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Cactus growing on an overhang at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Cactus growing on an overhang at Mission San Jose in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Pathway into the courtyard at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Pathway into the courtyard at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission San Juan in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Site of Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Bell tower at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Behind the bell tower at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Behind the bell tower at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins of a home at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins of a home at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Broken arch doorway at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Broken arch doorway at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Outside wall at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Outside wall at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP
Ruins at Mission Espada in San Antonio Missions NHP