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Mission Espada, southernmost of the four Spanish missions at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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Well and church at Espada Mission

Well and church at Espada Mission

I think this alcove formed by the monastery wing, chapel, and well, at Espada Mission is the most picturesque spot in all the five San Antonio River missions. The garden is obviously cared for, the church is rough and ancient looking but in excellent condition. This is the furthest of the chain of missions from the city and gets the fewest visitors, so it is also very quiet.

Mission San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 5, 2014
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Historic Espada Aqueduct bridge

Historic Espada Aqueduct bridge

The Espada Aqueduct parallels the west bank of the San Antonio River. At this point it crosses Piedras Creek on a double-arched stone bridge. There is a small park and picnic area.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 5, 2014
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The Espada Aqueduct

The Espada Aqueduct

This aqueduct carries water from the San Antonio River to irrigated fields, villages, and Missions San Juan and Espada. It was finished in 1745 and continues to serve its original purposes. This raised masonry section is unusual, it leads to the aqueduct crossing of Piedras Creek.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 5, 2014
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Inside the Espada Mission church

Inside the Espada Mission church

Inside the chapel, still in use, at Mission Espada

Mission San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 5, 2014
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Ruins of the military barracks at Mission Espada

Ruins of the military barracks at Mission Espada

A military garrison, such as this one at Mission Espada, was a standard part of Spanish missions on the frontier

Mission San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas

Date photographed: April 5, 2014
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