There were 6 missions built in San Antonio in the early 1700's by the Spaniards to help colonize the area. The Alamo is one of the 5 remaining. The other four are close by and well worth spending a day to visit!
The missions were more than just churches, they were fortified communities. Each with it's own church, farm and ranch. You can no longer see this at The Alamo, of course, but you can see it in the other missions, especially Mission San Jose where the entire mission was recreated as historically accurate as possible.
|Mission San Juan|
|Mission San Jose|
The stairs you see here lead up to the choir loft in the back of the church. They are made from solid blocks of wood and balanced such that there are no screws or bolts holding them together! They are the original stairs and the only way to get to the choir loft:)
Beautiful and ornate, all the figures and symbols surrounding the doors have meaning.
The ranger is explaining the significance of all the symbols surrounding the main door.
In his arm he holds a simple flute which he played for us while we were looking through the church! Lovely!