Mision Concepcion, located at 807 Mission Road in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest missions established in 1731 by the Catholic Church in Texas. In the year of 2015, UNESCO designated the place a World Heritage Site. It is the best preserved of the Texas missions. It was named a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970, and is part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mision Concepcion consists of a sanctuary, nave, convent (a friary), and granary. MisionNuestraSeñora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuña, as it was originally founded on March 5, 1731, is an active Catholic parish which is a part of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Visitors should be aware that Mision Concepcion closes during federal holidays unless the Events Calendar says otherwise.
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THINGS TO SEE AND DO
The place is an impressive, well-preserved building, with frescoes and sculptures that date back to the early 1700s. Visitors are usually favorably impressed by the beauty of the Mission. Many reviews mention, for example, the fantastic architecture and the art on the walls of the building while other comments refer to the Mariachi Mass on Sundays which many think is an unusual and fun activity.
Today, with the opening of the Mission Reach, linking the five San Antonio Missions, it is easier to access the place. Mission Reach is an eight-mile stretch that provides visitors with a unique and historic view of San Antonio.Mission Reach is a winding path that´s home of the historic San Antonio Missions Trail, which is graced with four 18th century Spanish Colonial missions: Mision Concepción, Mision San Jose, Mision San Juan de Capistrano, and MisionEspada.
The Mission Reach can be enjoyed by foot or by bike, and there are plenty of beautiful areas to have a picnic on or just sit and enjoy the unique and beautiful surroundings of San Antonio.
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Safety is an essential concern for anyone visiting the missions. People should be aware of the danger of the sun, heat, and rain in the first place. As San Antonio has high temperatures, intense sunlight, and high humidity April through November, it is a good idea to use sunblock and drink plenty of water as well as to wear a hat or use an umbrella. It is important to remember that the place comprises not only churches but also communities and that a lot of walking takes place during a visit, especially outside of Mision San Jose.
Safety during a visit to the Mission also has to do with the crime such as theft and vehicles break-ins. As it is usual while visiting urban areas, some safety measures are necessary like parking in areas that are attended by many people or not keeping valuables inside the car. Also, because many bikes can be in the area, visitors must keep an eye out for bike riders.
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