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Mission Concepcion is a national historical park that consists of a sanctuary, convent, nave and a granary. This historical park is worth visiting as the visitors learn more of the Franciscan ancestors, their beliefs, and way of life. All the stories told about the Concepcion have their origin in the historical park.
The mission Concepcion is believed to have been built against the claims of the French colonialists. What makes this historical site stand out is that it is believed to be unrestored and its colorful designs are still visible. Though the patters have since faded due to age, the over two-decade mission’s frescos can be spotted on its several rooms.
The Franciscan friars are believed to have established the mission in the year 1716. The main role of the mission was to teach Catholicism to the converted Hasinais for them to gain Spanish citizenship. In 1731 the mission was moved to San Antonio, where it has been sitting to date.
The mission has since maintained its culture as every Sunday, a Catholic mass is held. To maintain its original look, the management engaged experts in 1988 to restore the faded artwork on its ceilings.
Top Sites and Things to Do in Mission Concepcion
The entry at Mission Concepcion or any other Mission in the park is free. Visitors should check with the management for updates just in case they visit when there is a wedding or a funeral in the park. The park rangers conduct free tours; give permits to staffs and visitors within the park.
Getting into the park has never been easier as it is currently. Visitors can drive from mission to mission within the park as there are four missions within. There is ample parking making visiting families, crews or any group use their transportation means for convenience.
The park is a favorite destination for crews who love driving along rivers. The San Antonio River runs near each of the four missions making driving from mission to mission an exciting experience. Driving from the park to the northern mission, then to the southern mission would take approximately 15min through the mission’s road.
The Mission Concepcion Park is a favorite destination for hiking crews; the presence of a 10 miles trail will give pedestrians a wonderful experience exploring the park. The pedestrians can walk along the San Antonio River using the designated Hike & Bike Trail. There are B-Cycle stations at each mission where visitors can rent bicycles
At San Antonio Missions National Historical Park visitors will get to learn the history of the locals that have been preserved for more than 300. It would be advisable to visit the other three missions while visiting Mission Concepcion as they all offer recreation opportunities for all people.
The mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission Espada and Mission San Juan, are the four missions within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Weddings are allowed within the park but it should be officiated by the individual church couples are interested in. Visitors are allowed to park during park hours but should contact the management in case there are weddings or funnels taking place.