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San Antonio


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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan, moved to San Antonio in 1731 from an earlier location in East Texas, never saw the completion of its stone church.
In the chapel are rare figures of Christ and the Virgin made of cornstalk pith.
Today, the original friary serves as a museum that displays artifacts from the active days of the mission. San Juan's interpretive theme is "The Mission as an Economic Center." Within the walls, most of the original compound is preserved, giving an authentic picture of the Spanish Colonial mission plan.
Outside the enclosure, a designated nature trail that parallels a section of the original San Antonio River channel recreates a rural atmosphere perhaps not unlike the agrarian setting visible in earlier centuries.

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