My family and I visited Mission Concepción in San Antonio which is the oldest unrestored stone church in America. Built in the mid 1700’s, Mission Concepción looks as it did originally with the exception of it’s colorful geometric designs that has since faded over the years. Although the mission has been abandoned for long periods, like San Jose, Mission Concepción is once again used for worship.
The Battle of Concepción was fought here on October 28, 1835 between Mexican troops and Texian Insurgents which lasted a short 30 minutes yet was vital in the Texan Revolution. The National Historic Landmark became part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in 1970. Since then, Restoration of the mission’s interior was completed after 6 months of work in 2010 for visitors to enjoy year after year.
The architecture is slightly different from Mission San Jose which makes the mission seem smaller than the “Queen of Missions”. Founded by Franciscan friars, one of our favorite parts of this mission was noticing the original frescos which are still visible in several of the rooms.
If you notice in the pictures below, the frescos are clearly evident and are proof that this is the only mission church in San Antonio, Texas, that never lost its roof or walls to age or neglect.
Visitors can also enjoy a nice shaded cactus garden on the far side of the mission which is serene and quiet to explore and also has original bell towers which is unlike the other missions. Also, the bike rental system is next to the mission, the trail as well as plenty of parking.
If you are in the San Antonio area, you can visit Mission Concepción or the other missions acquire by the National Historic Park which include San José, San Juan Capistrano, and Espada. Admission is always free but donations are welcomed.