Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is an historic Catholic mission in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The mission was named in part for the Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo, José de Azlor y Virto de Vera. Many buildings on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, borrow architectural elements from those found at Mission San José.
The mission was founded on February 23, 1720, because Mission San Antonio de Valero had become overcrowded shortly after its founding with refugees from the closed East Texas missions. Father Antonio Margil received permission from the governor of Coahuila and Texas, the Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo, to build a new mission 5 miles (8 km) south of San Antonio de Valero. Like San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José served the Coahuiltecan Natives. The first buildings, made of brush, straw, and mud, were quickly replaced by large stone structures, including guest rooms, offices, a dining room, and a pantry. A heavy outer wall was built around the main part of the mission, and rooms for 350 Natives were built into the walls.
Vinod Kumar | Jan 31, 2018
This is one of the most beautiful churches in San Antonio. Noon mass on Sunday is a must attend - it's a dual language service. The highlight is that the music is mariachi and very energetic. I go there time to time to recharge my batteries
Diana Rosales | Feb 18, 2018
This mission is a beautiful place, I highly recommend visiting the park. We got a tour from the park ranger. He was great in explaining the history of the mission and very knowledgeable. They had a nice preview clip before the tour as well . It was my first time to this mission and getting the tour guide made me appreciate the history behind the mission.
Mary Antonette Abrina | Feb 23, 2018
A visit to San Antonio, Texas is not complete without going to the missions. Mission San Jose is the biggest one and it is well maintained. You can still go inside and see the houses around it as well as the church itself. They even conduct sunday mass there regularly.
cherry rose laniog | Jan 12, 2018
Absolutely stunning!! So beautiful. Should be one on your list when you visit SA 😉
Frank B. | Nov 13, 2017
Beautiful architecture. Of all the missions, this one was my favorite. It was so nice to see the missions first hand. If you're anywhere near San Antonio, the missions are a must see. Such an important part of our country's history.
Brent L | Mar 17, 2018
Mission San Jose is considered the crown jewel, largest, and most in tact mission of the four on the south side of San Antonio. Like the other four missions, this one is still a functional church, and has been since the first half of the 1700’s. Take your time at this mission, there is really a lot to see here. The walls around the mission are still standing, and the church itself is in pristine shape. Make sure you look for the famous Rose Window on one of the sides of the church and admire the ornate stone carvings around the glass. There is a sign near it that explains who built it, how long it took to make it, and some of the lore around it. The exact reason behind it isn’t really known, but there are several theories or stories. You also get to see quarters where the local American Indians lived. The National Park headquarters are located here. They have a visitor center with a gift shop, some exhibits showing what life was like back then, and also a (free) short movie you can watch. I highly recommend watching this movie before you start walking and exploring - it will give you some perspective from the American Indian's side of things and is pretty enlightening.
mama me | Mar 21, 2018
Love the history. Love the architecture. Don't rush this...spend the time taking it all in. You'll be glad you did.
David Cuneo | Apr 30, 2018
One of the most beautiful missions I visited and I have visited several in California New Mexico and Texas... Wow
Rose Vazquez | May 23, 2018
I had my youngest baptized here. The mass was officiated by fr. Rogelio Martinez, in Spanish. It was an amazing experience for all that attended since we were the only family receiving the sacrament that day. Making the occasion all the more momentous, even though tourists were more then welcome to stay. This quaint and majestic location, sets the perfect stage for any religious ceremony. Scheduling the ceremony was a breeze and Angela (secretary) was very helpful throughout the process. Certainly a place to visit, attend mass or have your next religious ceremony at!
Adam Thompson | May 12, 2018
Great place to visit, go to church, learn, and share with family. This was our third stop on our tour of all the San Antonio missions here and rode up to the Alamo after. While I cycle frequently my family does not. You should be a bit active to be able to make the whole journey, but it's not too bad if you stop and hang out along the way. We brought snacks and went in late spring. Oh and did I forget to mention sun block?
Norma Linda Ramos | May 17, 2018
Oh my goodness!!! I had visited this church before, but had not attended mass. Well we went this past weekend and the service was soooo beautiful!! The mission church in itself is beautiful, but the music and the mass was soooo uplifting and spiritual. After the mass they had the crowing of the Virgin Mary, another most beautiful service, then the ladies with the altar society invited everyone in attendance for a light supper and dessert. They did an outstanding job! I don't have enough words to do this mission justice. You will have to go see and attend mass. You will leave feeling really Blessed! They have mass at 5pm on Saturdays and you'll have to check for their Sunday schedule.
Susan Lynch | Jul 4, 2018
Another historical place worth visiting! It was my first time going there and to say this place is beautiful is an understatement! There is a lot of history in Texas and this is one of those places that carries a lot of it. Monks use to run this Mission and they ministered to the local Native Americans that they also housed in this Mission. A must see for families with children to soak up the culture of that era!
Jennifer Jones | Jun 21, 2018
Such a beautiful and peaceful place. It’s stunning. The architect is stunning, history is intriguing. Regardless of your religion this should be a place you see.
Cathy Tynan | Jul 17, 2018
The minute you step past the gates, you can feel those who've lived on these ancient grounds welcome you. Rosa's window is one of my favorite examples of the beauty of the artisans' work. The altar is magnificent! The altar is painted a beautiful robin's egg blue and gilded in gold. Juxtaposed this glorious altar is the simple, humble sanctuary. The rangers really bring the daily machinations to life.
Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography | Jul 29, 2018
SUCH a beautiful place to take your family on the weekend or as a wedding venue! The archways are my favorite *insert all the heart eyes* and they make the perfect background for photos!
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