Our next stop was the Mission of San Jose!
A new church, which is still standing, was constructed in 1768 from local limestone. The mission lands were given to its Indians in 1794, and mission activities officially ended in 1824. After that, the buildings were home to soldiers, the homeless, and bandits. It was restored in the 1930s and is now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
The church facade features from the top: a cross, representing Jesus Christ, St. Joseph (San Jose) holding the infant Jesus, St. Dominic and St. Francis, Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary), and St. Joachim and St. Anne holding the infant Mary. (Wikipedia)
By far the most interesting stop, if you like history (and I do)!
|High walls surrounded the missions|
|The rooms still exist and are quite small.|
|All the baking was done in ovens like these outdoors.|
|It was quite a sight!|
|On the way to the church.|
|Inside the church|
|The ceiling was magnificent!|
|You can see faintly how the walls were painted colorfully by the Indians. All the missions were painted as that was the style of their culture.|
Our next stop was the The Institute of Texan Cultures. There were sections for each culture that had inhabited Texas. It not only included the Indians and Spanish, but Chinese, German, Polish,
Irish and all! It was quite interesting and I think a museum such as this would raise awareness in each state as to how we all got here!
|All the flags of the countries|
Time for lunch!