Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose   Soon after the completion of the Alamo, Mission San Jose was founded in 1720 and was the second mission in the area. The mission was a model among the Texas missions and gained the reputation of a major social and cultural center. Known as the "Queen of the Missions", San Jose is the largest of the missions in the area. Restored in the 1930s, Mission San jose is a wonderful example of how all the missions might have looked over 250 years ago. About 80% of the church is original. Visitors are able to explore the grounds including the granary, convent, storeroom, kitchen, gristmill and refectory. One of the most know attributes of San Jose is the La Ventana de Rosa, or the Rose Window, which is located on the south wall of the church sacristy. The window was sculpted ca. 1775 and is considered on of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.