The Spanish Missions of San Antonio
Illustrated portrait of the UNESCO World Heritage site
San Antonio's five Spanish missions are a national treasure. Built by Franciscan friars on the far frontier of New Spain, they stand today as the largest cluster of Spanish missions in the United States. One is preserved as the Alamo. The others form San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the system of all five has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
More than 130 archival and present-day illustrations include drawings of each original mission compound reflecting the latest archeological and scholarly discoveries. They help make this not only a concise portrayal of the missions' saga but a valuable handbook and reference source for visiting the missions.
“A fresh approach to a theme that has been visited often but not always this well. . . . This book is well worth the getting for those interested in mission history and for the general reader and visitor to the area. ”
— Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“This book, with its rich photographs and informative text, is just the kind of book that an intelligent traveler craves at historic sites.”
— David J. Weber, author of The Spanish Frontier in North America