A Historical View of the San Antonio Missions
San José was the most successful of the San Antonio chain of missions. Its buildings were all more elaborate and permanent than the others; its indigenous population was larger; and its farm and ranch production was greater. The compound formed a perfect square of 220 varas (611 feet) on each side.

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1) An aerial view of Mission San José, showing the granary (far left), church and cloister (center), and u–shaped Franciscan friary (far right).

2) A schematic drawing detailing the layout of the mission. Photo taken by F.J. Schmidt.

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Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation.
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