Photographer's Note

The church is an excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture. A variety of features were incorporated into the construction of this and other existing mission churches in the park. Colorful Moorish designs mix with images showing heavy Native American influences. Intricate Renaissance details complement Romanesque forms and Gothic arches. Mission builders, skilled craftsmen recruited from Mexico, preserved the basic Spanish model, with modifications dictated by frontier conditions. The Native American residents of the missions provided labor for the building of these churches. This activity fostered a sense of community and provided a means of training the mission residents as artisans.
Originally founded in 1716 in what is now eastern Texas, the mission was one of six developed by Franciscans to serve as a buffer against the threat of French incursion into Spanish territory from Louisiana. After a tenuous existence and several moves, the mission was transferred to its present site in 1731.(NPS)

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Additional Photos by Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3592 W: 88 N: 5553] (21427)
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