On a recent trip to Texas to visit family, we stopped off in San Antonio to visit the San Jose Mission, which is a peaceful and beautifully preserved monument on the outskirts of the city. Here are some photos of this extensive national monument.
|The main Mission Plaza with the church - green and peaceful, with the residences for the native American Indians who lived there built all around the square|
|Close up of the Mission Church tower with details of the elaborate carving|
|Shadows along the cloistered side walls|
|One of several wooden gates inside the Mission. They reminded me of the gates of forts seen in cowboy films, with the overhead wooden platform and small openings to shoot through and defend against invaders.|
|Attractive archway inside the Mission complex|
|Entrance to one of the Indian dwellings|
|Row of Indian dwellings - doorways and porches|