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Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo

The interpretive theme of Mission San Jose, established in 1720, is 'The Mission as a Social Center and as a Center for Defense.'
To commemorate the Texas Centennial in 1936, federal and state agencies combined efforts to reconstruct the surrounding compound and portions of the parish church to its former image of 'Queen of the Texas Missions.'
This mission became the most beautiful, most prosperous and the best fortified of all the San Antonio missions.
The facade and other carvings on the church are among its most notable features. The famous 'Rosa's Window,' although weathered by time, is considered to be one of the finest pieces of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country.
Other features include the granary, 84 compartments that served as Indian quarters, an immense quadrangle enclosure and a restored gristmill that houses an original horizontal water wheel.
Although San Jose is the most complete in appearance, each of the missions has a beauty and history of its own.

Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo



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