San Antonio Missions (World Heritage Site)

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San Antonio Missions
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America
IncludesFive mission sites and a historic ranch
CriteriaCultural: (ii)
Inscription2015 (39th Session)
Area300.8 ha (743 acres)
Buffer zone2,068 ha (5,110 acres)

The San Antonio Missions are a World Heritage site located in and near San Antonio, Texas, United States. The World Heritage site consists of five mission sites, a historic ranch, and related properties. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

They were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015. Their architectural designs combine Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, including Catholic symbols and indigenous designs.[1]

List of the sites[edit]

Picture ID[2] Mission Location in San Antonio Coordinates Property Area Buffer Zone
Mission Espada Chapel2.JPG 1466-001 Mission Espada San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 29°19′04″N 98°27′00″W / 29.317833°N 98.449968°W / 29.317833; -98.449968 94.7 ha (234 acres) 2.068 ha (5.11 acres)
Mission san juan capistrano 2014.jpg 1466-002 Mission San Juan Capistrano San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 29°19′58″N 98°27′19″W / 29.332687°N 98.455289°W / 29.332687; -98.455289 130.5 ha (322 acres) None
Mission San José San Antonio.JPG 1466-003 Mission San José San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 29°21′44″N 98°28′47″W / 29.36222°N 98.47972°W / 29.36222; -98.47972 20.6 ha (51 acres) None
Mission Concepcion San Antonio.JPG 1466-004 Mission Concepción San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 29°23′25″N 98°29′30″W / 29.390318°N 98.491799°W / 29.390318; -98.491799 13.3 ha (33 acres) None
Alamo pano.jpg 1466-005 Mission Valero (the Alamo) Alamo Plaza Historic District 29°25′33″N 98°29′10″W / 29.42583°N 98.48611°W / 29.42583; -98.48611 1.7 ha (4.2 acres) None
1466-006 Rancho de las Cabras Southeast of San Antonio near Floresville 29°05′42″N 98°10′00″W / 29.09500°N 98.16667°W / 29.09500; -98.16667 40 ha (99 acres) None

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "San Antonio Missions". UNESCO. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "San Antonio Missions : Multiple locations". UNESCO. Retrieved July 8, 2019.