Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Travelling Tuesday - The San Antonio Missions

Back in July I received the email I have copied below.  Those of you who have followed my A to Z Challenge posts know that I try hard to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites whenever I travel.  I already have a few lined up for my trip overseas next Spring.

I have made two trips to San Antonio, Texas.  On my first trip I encountered an ice storm in early December. On the second trip it was a heat wave in May.  I am guessing that the decision to tour the Missions was made during that May trip.  I do no have a lot of photos.  I think that is due to not having a digital camera at the time and then picking only a few photos to put in the album.  That means that there are more photos stashed away and I really need to go through all of them one of these days.  (LOL)

What follows is the email and then my photos, which I hope I have labelled correctly.  Thanks for travelling with me.
San Antonio Missions
Dear Denise,
We did it!
We are excited and proud to announce that San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions--four of them already protected in a national park--have been designated the first World Heritage Site in Texas.This is awesome news and couldn't have happened without steadfast advocacy from NPCA supporters like you over the years. So thank you!
On July 5, 2015 in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural World Heritage Committee voted to designate the five missions--including the Alamo--as a World Heritage Site. A World Heritage designation brings awareness to the “outstanding universal value” and “cultural significance” of these missions as they join the ranks of other important sites like the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, and Egypt's Giza pyramids. The designation makes the missions the 23rd World Heritage Site in the United States, many of which are also protected as national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Statute of Liberty.The naming of the missions as a World Heritage Site represents a decade of work between the community, public sector employees, civic leaders and elected officials at the local, state and national levels. The San Antonio missions represent our nation's largest collection of Spanish colonial resources, and their new status as a World Heritage Site will further enhance the experience of visitors while vastly expanding the missions’ economic impact on the city of San Antonio.
Thank you for helping ensure these historic and cultural treasures are placed among Earth's greatest landmarks.
Congratulations,
Suzanne Dixon
Senior Director, Regional Operations
The Alamo


Mission Concepcion:
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo



2 comments:

  1. These photos are striking and I look at them and first see the huge Spanish influence obviously and 2nd, how peaceful it looks. If one wouldn't know the bloody history one would think it is a nice park like atmosphere. i am glad they have been designated.

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    1. Having grown up watching Davy Crockett on TV, it is eerie to walk through the Alamo. I must look for my other photos.

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