San Antonio Missions – A Cobblestone Landscape Frozen in Time

Visiting San Antonio has always been exciting to me. I live 2.5 hours away from the Great San Antonio and have had several visits to the city ever since I got here in Texas and yet, I still couldn’t get enough of how beautiful the city is. I grew up in the Philippines where Spanish colonization lasted for 333 years, I saw places that were evident of the Spanish era in the country and every single time, it never failed to excite me. I had read books like the Noli me tangere and El filibusterismo (novels written by the Philippine National hero, Jose Rizal) so friars and missions are not anymore new to me when we visited the San Antonio Missions – a UNESCO World Heritage site -the first in the State of Texas and the 23rd in the nation.

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There are four missions included in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park – Concepcion, San Juan, San Jose and Espada. These missions are walled compounds where you can see church and buildings where the friars and the local native Americans lived and worked.

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Walking inside the missions gives me a nostalgic feeling like I was born and raised in the times of the Spaniards colonization in the Philippines. These missions are so old and yet I know that I am still in Texas, I feel like traveling back in time where the Spaniards were not so nice to the Filipinos (as what I have learned) and that gave me an eerie feeling. (But I had my husband with me so I was able to linger at one of the missions for awhile and even managed to do a few poses for the camera)

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This trip was months before I started blogging, so I didn’t really think about taking too many pictures to capture every detail of the missions and also I didn’t even check what time the park closes which was not so cool of me. So when we got there we didn’t have enough time to see the “Queen of all Missions”, the mission San Jose. It was already closed and all I could do was to take a picture of the mission from the outside of its walls. I know for sure it’s magnificent inside based from the photos I have seen online but I just needed to see it for myself and be wowed by it. And I promise I will, next time. The park opens at 9am and closes at 5pm. It’s a huge park and so if you plan to visit, make sure you have ample of time.