Mission San Francisco de la Espada (also Mission Espada) is a Catholic Roman Rite mission founded by Spain in 1690 and moved to San Antonio, Texas, in what was then known as Northern New Spain in 1731. The mission was built to convert local indigenous Americans into Christianity and solidify Spanish territorial claims in the New World against France's encroachment. Today, the building is one of four sites comprising the National Historical Park of San Antonio Missions.
The second mission founded in Texas was founded in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas close Weches, Texas and southeast of today's Alto, Texas. The mission was re-establishedas Nuestro Padre San Francisco de los Tejas in the same region on July 5, 1716. Due to the war between Spain and France, the fresh task had to be left in 1719. On August 5, 1721, the mission was again tried as San Francisco de los Neches. Since the Nabedache was no longer interested in the project and France had surrendered the attempt to place claim in the region, in July 1730 the embassy was momentarily moved along the Colorado River.
The primary church's structural integrity is very well maintained. Also the premises were very silent because there were hardly any individuals around. The greenery is great as well. The ground was full of lovely crops and flowers. There's a bunch of open room, like all the other tasks, where it continues to get very warm. Mission Espada may be the lowest mission, but it is one of our favourites and possesses likely the most appeal. We bring all our tourists there and they all enjoyed it, irrespective of their faith. They are often amazed that the church is still present. This is the history of living.
In March 1731, the mission moved to its current location in the area of the San Antonio River and was renamed San Francisco De la Espada. Built in 1745, a friary finished the church in 1756. The displacement was partly influenced by dreams of French invasion and the need for more missionaries to move towards the Indian population of San Antonio de Bexar. The mission encountered huge problems in ruling over the Indian population and witnessed prevalent hostile activity. Several contemporary monuments, including St. Stephen's Epis, were architecturally focused on the layout of this project.
This amazing location is located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, along with these other must-see places of interest:
- Arneson River Theater
- The Majestic Theatre,
- Alamo Mission in San Antonio (“The Alamo”)
- Tower of the Americas
- Institute of Texan Cultures
- The River Walk
- Mission Espada
- San Fernando Cathedral
- La Villita