Mission Espada is a Catholic mission of the Roman Rite dating back to the early 18th century where the impressive architecture and historical significance are highlights of any tour. Considering its unique appearance, visitors often feel as if they've taken a step back in time upon their visit.

History fans will find much to enjoy here, but even if history isn't your cup of tea, you may still appreciate the architecture. For those who are interested, trips tend to last about an hour or 2 as visitors take in the historic splendour of the grounds here.

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Mission Espada highlights

The major highlight of Mission Espada is the mission building itself. Though it arrived in its present-day spot in 1731, it was originally founded in 1690 near what is now Weches, Texas. The church as it is now was completed in 1756, so even the newest aspects of this site are still centuries old.

When you visit, don't forget to check out the loom. There, you'll find equipment used to make wool into spun- and woven thread. Visit on Tuesday afternoons, and you can even see a live weaving demonstration. Additionally, you may want to see the aqueduct, a prime example of 18th-century engineering.

Good to know when visiting Mission Espada

Before you head to Mission Espada, there are some factors to keep in mind. This destination is located within the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and it's only 1 of 4 total missions in the area. You can visit the rest and make a whole day out of these historical sites.

Apart from the other missions, you'll find several attractions in the area to enjoy. The iconic San Antonio River Walk is just a few miles to the north, and Calaveras Lake with all its outdoor adventuring opportunities is a short drive to the east.

Mission Espada

Location: 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214, USA

Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

Phone: +1 210-627-2064