San Antonio Missions (World Heritage Site) World Heritage Site

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San Antonio Missions
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America
IncludesFive mission sites and a historic ranch
CriteriaCultural: (ii)
Inscription2015 (39th session)
Area300.8 ha (743 acres)
Buffer zone2,068 ha (5,110 acres)

The San Antonio Missions are a World Heritage site located in and near San Antonio, Texas, United States. The World Heritage site consists of five mission sites, a historic ranch, and related properties. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

They were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015. Their architectural designs combine Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, including Catholic symbols and indigenous designs. They also process the remains of water distribution systems, that shows the combination of the indigenous and colonizers cultures.[1]

  1. ^ "San Antonio Missions". UNESCO. Retrieved July 6, 2015.

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