San Antonio’s Historic Missions Recognized

| 7/8/2015 10:08:00 AM

Marilyn JonesJuly 5 was a big day for San Antonio, Texas, and history lovers the world over when San Antonio Missions was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The decision was announced at the annual UNESCO World Heritage committee meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The five Missions, including The Alamo, became the 23rd UNESCO site in the United States and the first in Texas. The Missions are the largest collection of the Spanish colonial architecture in the nation and “symbolize an era when the world was expanding, cultures were intertwining and the global landscape was forever changed,” according to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"The United States has a powerful and valuable history that encompasses a wide range of peoples, creeds and experiences,” says Crystal Nix-Hines, U.S. ambassador and permanent representative to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. “The San Antonio Missions represent an important element of our story, and a World Heritage designation allows them to be shared not only within the U.S. but also the wider global community.”

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña, San Antonio 

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña, San Antonio

History of the Missions