San Antonio Missions

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A Broadway classic, a photo exhibit and chamber music — there is plenty to do this weekend.


Courtesy World Heritage Festival

The State Department announced yesterday that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  

Jack Morgan

The American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions helped dedicate four new murals painted on the overpass support structure of Loop 410 at Villamain Road, not far from Mission Espada.

It’s been a year since the San Antonio Missions’ designation as a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. 

The San Antonio World Heritage Festival is taking place this week with events and activities for all ages.

“We are hosting this event to not only celebrate the designation, but also promote awareness to residents and then to raise funds for projects and nonprofits that protect and preserve and maintain and connect,” said Colleen Swain, Director of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office.

Eileen Pace

The Spanish Missions of San Antonio are a World Heritage Site, and are expected to increase tourism to the area. The community is concerned that the natural drive for business to build near the sites and their tourists may spoil the experience of the missions.

In order to manage and preserve the character of the sites, the newly formed World Heritage Office at the City of San Antonio is trying to put together a plan for land use around the sites.