San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Convento / El convento
"From this roof one can hunt without risk, in comfort and with good success. I saw so many ducks, geese, and cranes in a nearby field that, as I said, they covered the ground, and so close to the house that it would be impossible to miss the shot."
Fr. Juan Agustín de Morfi, 1777-78
In front of you are the remains of the convento, which provided housing for missionaries and lay assistants. In 1785, the convento had nine rooms downstairs and five upstairs, covered by a flat roof. The ruins standing today reflect a major reconstruction begun by Benedictine monks in 1861 - work that was never completed.
Desde esta azotea se puede cazar sin riesgo, con comodidad y buen suceso; pues vi en una labor inmediata tanto pato, ánsar, y grulla que como dije, cubrían el terreno y tan cerca de la casa qaue era imposible se errase el tiro.
Fr. [Juan] Agustín de Morfi, 1777-78
Frente a usted están los restos del convento, el cual daba alojamiento a los misioneros y ayudantes legos. En 1785, el convento tenía nueve habitaciones en el piso inferior
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
Location. 29° 21.714′ N, 98° 28.772′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is inside the Mission San Jose compound, part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio TX 78210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús (within shouting distance of this marker); Rose Window / Ventana de Rosa (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church / La iglesia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission San José / La Misión de San José (about 300 feet away); Indian Quarters / Habitaciones de los Indios (about 500 feet away); The Mission Road / El Camino de las Misiones (about 500 feet away); San Antonio Missions / Las misiones de San Antonio (about 600 feet away); Mission San Francisco Xavier de Nájera (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . . San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. (Submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 926 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 8. submitted on August 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.