San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Church / La iglesia
"The church...is a large, beautiful gallery of three vaults with a very pretty cupola...for its size and good taste, it could be the parish church of a great town."
Fr. Juan Agustín de Morfi, 1777-78
The church was central to the mission community. Missionaries and Indians followed a strict schedule of fast, feast, work, and daily prayer - all regulated by the sounding bells.
The ornate carvings and famous Rose Window of this church earned San José its status as "Queen of the Missions." After suffering a collapsed dome and roof in the 1870s, the church underwent frequent repair. Major reconstruction in the 1920s and 1930s was initiated by the San Antonio Conservation Society and completed through the combined efforts of the Society, the archdiocese, the federal government, and local agencies.
La iglesia...es un grande y hermoso cañón de tres bóvedas con su media naranja muy bella...por su tamaño y gusto, pudiera ser parroquia de una villa grande.
Fr. Juan Agustín de Morfe (sic, Morfi), 1777-78
Las elaboradas tallas y la famosa ventana de Rosa de esta iglesia hicieron que San José mereciera el título de "La Reina de las Misiones." Después de sufrir la caída de su cúpula y techo en la década del 1870, la iglesia se sometió a frecuentes arreglos. La Sociedad de Conservación de San Antonio inició la reconstrucción en las décadas de los 1920 y 1930 con la arquidiócesis, el gobierno federal, y las agencias locales.
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 1870.
Location. 29° 21.754′ N, 98° 28.808′ 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. Rose Window / Ventana de Rosa (within shouting distance of this marker); The Convento / El convento (about 300 feet away, Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús (about 300 feet away); Indian Quarters / Habitaciones de los Indios (about 500 feet away); Mission San José / La Misión de San José (about 600 feet away); The Mission Road / El Camino de las Misiones (about 700 feet away); San Antonio Missions / Las misiones de San Antonio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission San Francisco Xavier de Nájera (approx. 1.6 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 852 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 10. submitted on August 3, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.