Sacred Places

Mission Concepcion

“Mission Concepcion” was started in the early 1700’s and finished in 1755 in San Antonio, Texas.  Now it is part of a National Heritage Site and shares the space with three other mission churches. Its purpose was to convert the local people to Catholicism. Today, the building is a good example of Spanish Colonial cruciform (cross-shaped) architecture.  Originally, the outside and inside were covered with  geometric Moorish designs.  Now only a few frescos remain on the inside.  San Concepcion is the oldest unrestored stone church in America.  The reason it survived?  It was built on bedrock.