Restored by the Light at Mission San Jose 2021

We attended the outdoor event "Restored by the Light" at Mission San Jose on September 10, 2021 that is part of the World Heritage Festival. The community event is a celebration of culture, art, and heritage our historical Missions and seeing them in a different "light" was such an amazing experience. The San Antonio Missions are Texas's first World Heritage Site.

The first Restored By Light event was held in 2015 at Mission Concepcion and in 2016, it was expanded to include the “Queen of the Missions” Mission San Jose. The event is hosted by the City of San Antonio of Historic Preservation and World Heritage Offices.

Attendees were able to bring a picnic and also enjoy food from local food trucks. There were kids activities and a ballet folklorico performance from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Dance Program. This year, students from SAISD schools displayed original artwork on the mission façade.

Per City of San Antonio World Heritage Office:

The San Antonio Missions are a group of five Spanish colonial missions situated along a 7.7-mile (12.4-kilometer) stretch of the San Antonio River Basin in southern Texas.

The missions were established in the early eighteenth century by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among local natives and to establish self-sustaining, socio-economic communities loyal to the Catholic Church.

World Heritage designation was achieved because of the sites' example of interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures. Elements of the Catholic Church and indigenous peoples remain present in several of the missions.

World Heritage Sites are places of ‘outstanding universal value' selected by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

Operating hours are as follows:
Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Mission San José: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Mission Concepción: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Mission San Juan: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Mission Espada: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
The park is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st.
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