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Located along the San Antonio River in Texas, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park encompasses four 18th-century Spanish Colonial missions and an elaborate infrastructure.
The largest and most famous of the San Antonio Missions, Mission San Josť y San Miguel de Aguayo, also known as "Queen of the Mission", was built several miles south of the earliest mission, San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) along the west bank of the San Antonio River. It was founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus and was a major social and cultural center. It is famous for its Rose Window, which is a fine example of Spanish Colonial ornamentation. Like the other missions, the compound was designed with defensive walls.
Today, the San Antonio Missions represent the largest collection of Spanish Colonial missions in the United States. These historic sites became the foundation for the city of San Antonio.
June 22nd, 2014
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