Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

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    Photographers: Enjoy a mostly original mission

    by fred98115 Written Jul 25, 2015

    The Mission Concepcion dates to 1731. The church, restored by the WPA, is about 80% original and looks much as it did in the mid-eighteenth century. One unusual feature is the original artwork (frescoes?) found in the church. For the photographer, this makes the mission's interior interesting. The lighting is good, so it is possible to use camera settings and available light, i.e., avoid the use of flash. Use a zoom lens and avoid tripods. Why? Mostly because this is an active church and it is a matter of respect. Anyway, using a tripod with a lot of people around is a hassle. Still, even with the practical considerations, this is a rewarding place to photograph.

    Directions: Located near the intersection of East Theo Ave and Mission Ave just 3 miles south of downtown San Antonio.

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    Mission Concepcion

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Boasting one of America's Oldest stone churches, Mission Nuestra Sonora de la Purisma Conception was begun in 1731 and the church completed in 1755. The church itself is virtually unchanged since it was constructed, though the surrounding buildings have been vastly overhauled. This is a very small mission when compared to nearby Mission San Jose.

    Directions: Located near the intersection of East Theo Ave and Mission Ave just 3 miles south of downtown San Antonio.

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    Mission Concepción

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Franciscans who built Mission Concepción knew what they were doing. By choosing to build on bedrock, they gave their church such a solid foundation that today it still stands, essentailly unaltered from the church they built and decorated with painted frescoes in 1755. After having been covered by a buildup of limewash, paint and dirt over the years, many of the interior frescoes have now been carefully restored and stabilised but other than that the church has seen very little restoration over the years and stands today as the oldest unrestored church in the country.

    Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción de Acuña was founded on this site in 1731. As the residence of the Father President - the co-ordinator of all the region's missions - it became the main centre for festivals associated with the Christian church as the missionaries worked to win converts to their faith using their own brand of pageantry and ritual to win the hearts and minds of the local people away from their pagan beliefs. The formula worked and Catholic Christianity took a strong hold on the people, so much so that even today the church is the centre of an active parish where some of the parishioners trace their ancestry back to those original converts.

    Address: 807 Mission Rd. at Felisa St.

    Directions: Mission Concepción is about 3 miles south of Alamo Plaza

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    Mission #1 on the Trail

    by msbrandysue Updated Dec 23, 2010

    I stopped at Mission Concepcion first on my journey of the National Parks. It was a very quiet stop, as the mission is not very large. You can walk inside the chapel, which is used for current services. There are also a few structures connected to the chapel that you can explore where the library was, the mill/food storage area, and other various rooms.

    The area was founded between 1716-1720 by the Spanish. Mission Concepcion was dedicated, or commissioned to be of service to God, in 1755. It is the oldest unrestored stone church in America! In the past there were geometric designs that covered the entire structure but they have since faded in the past 250 years. However, the frescoes in several of the rooms have been restored and are visible. One of the most famous ones (the sun) in the food storage room. Here the Spanish missionaries were trying to convert the Native Americans to Christianity. One of the plaques I found very interesting told how the Spanish friars carefully controlled the lives at the mission. They had a set schedule where the Indians worked, learned vocational skills, and received religious instruction. The goal of this lifestyle was "change"-to change the behavior and religious ideas of the Native Americans. Because of this they also were instrumental in changing their clothing.

    Another plaque was interesting because it cautioned taller people, lol. The people of 200 years ago were shorter than some of our population today! I had no problems, of course. :)

    I liked this stop because there was a small gift shop run by friendly volunteers/employees of the National Park Service. They have lots of childrens gifts and books written about the area.

    Especially fun for those who love photography... Parking is free and there are picnic tables if you would like to have a picnic here. The surrounding area is quite low income and somewhat crime stricken, so there are many warnings to take your valuables with you and to lock you car.

    The mission here is open from 9am-5pm and it is FREE to visit!

    Address: 807 Mission Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78210

    Directions: Located near the intersection of East Theo Ave and Mission Ave just 3 miles south of downtown San Antonio.

    Phone: (210) 932-1001

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan/index.htm

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    Mission Concepcion

    by KiKitC Updated Jan 31, 2009

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    Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion de Acuna, or Mission Concepcion, was named for Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Juan de Acuna, the Marques de Casafuerte. Originally founded in 1716, in the eastern Texas area to act as a buffer against French incursion on Spanish territory, the mission was moved to its present site in 1731.

    This is the least preserved of the missions on the tour, as it is the only of the missions that had never lost its roof. Though the colorful features on the outside are long faded, the architecture still shows strong Spanish influence, along with Moorish and Native American influence. But, four of the rooms at this mission still show some of the colorful frescos that once illuminated these halls. Preservation of these frescoes began in 1988.

    This stone church stands as the oldest unrestored stone church in America.

    Address: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210-4919

    Directions: You will need a map since this park is spread over about 800 acres. Check the website.

    Phone: 512-229-5701

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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    mission concepcion

    by doug48 Written Mar 9, 2008

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    mission concepcion was founded in 1731 and this beautiful stone church dates back to the 1750's. mission concepcion is one of five missions located near the san antonio river south of downtown. these missions are must see sites when in san antonio for those interested in history and architecture.

    Address: 807 mission road

    Directions: about 4 miles south of downtown on the mission trail.

    Phone: 512-229-5701

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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    Mission Concepcion

    by el_ruso Written Jul 26, 2005

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    San Antonio is really the best place in the US to see the colonial missions built by the Spanish to convert the Indians. The four missions are located south of the city. The closest one is Concepcion, which is still an active church.

    Address: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210-4919

    Directions: You will need a map since this park is spread over about 800 acres. The Alamo is a good place to begin. Check the website.

    Phone: 512-229-5701

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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    San Antonio Mission NHP - Mission Concepcion

    by annk Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    Mission Concepcion is the 2nd on the mission trail and was named in honor of "Our Lady of the Immaculation Conception." Religious festivals were held here to convert Native Indians to Christianity as in all the missions.

    Today it looks similar to how it was 200 years ago. It is the least restored of the San Antonio Missions but is an excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture. One can still see parts of original wall and ceiling paintings.

    Address: 807 Mission Road at Felisa Street

    Phone: 210-932-1001

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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    Mission Concepcion

    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    All the San Antonio missions were founded more than 200 years ago, they are very well maintained and protected now. They are all quite and romantic places, but it is obvious that a lot of hard work was necessary to get these missions up and running from nothing.

    Address: 807 Mission Rd. at Felisa St.

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    The Twin Towers

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    The twin bell towers of Mission Concepcion. Although by law at the time , only one bell was allowed per church.

    Address: Mission Concepcion

    Directions: You will need a map since this park is spread over about 800 acres. The Alamo is a good place to begin. Check the website.

    Phone: 512-229-5701

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/saan

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    Mision de la Conception -...

    by rhiannon1968 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Mision de la Conception - Mission of the Conception: one of the 4 missions in San Antonio (5 including the Alamo). More info will follow.

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