Mission Concepción Doorway

As you enter to the left in the Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas, an arched doorway leads to a small room waits for worshipers to light a candle and pray. There is a sense of reverence and history as you wander through the old missions. Trying to imagine what life must have been like when they were built helps you to understand the importance of faith and prayer the early settlers must have had.

 

Mission Concepción Kneeler And Crucifix. Photo by Tim Stanley

Mission Concepción Pano

Mission Concepcion, in San Antonio, Texas, looks pretty much as it did in the mid-1700s. It is still in use for worship today, which makes it all that more special. Though it may not be as large or elaborate as newer churches, the feeling of holiness still prevails in this traditional setting.

 

 

Mission Concepción Pano

San Antonio Skyline Panorama

Standing on the Hays Street Bridge, you can see the entire length of the San Antonio skyline. It is not as condensed as some cities, but there is still a lot to see. This pano was taken from nine images, stitched together. The final image of this San Antonio pano is 16,000 pixels wide!
This pano, stitched together from nine images, lets you see the entire length of the San Antonio skyline at night.

Hays Street Bridge at Night

After sunset, the Hays Street Bridge lights up with an odd industrial feel, yet different. The wooden planks below and the iron structure above contrast one another. Add to this the lights that line the sides and shine up through the floor give it somewhat of a contemporary feel. The quite atmosphere at night is somewhat surreal, at least until a train passes underneath. Everything just grows loud as the engines pass, then a rhythmic cadence sets in as the cars stream by.

 

After sunset, the Hays Street Bridge lights up with an odd industrial feel, yet different. The wooden planks below and the iron structure above contrast one another.

Hays Street Bridge at Sunset

The Hays Street Bridge at sunset is a great place to view the San Antonio skyline from a distance. It’s a long bridge built by the Southern Pacific railroad after growing rail traffic made passage to the neighborhoods difficult. Completed around 1910 (the date varies according to who you read), it was assembled from parts from other bridges. The large wooden planks take you over several rail lines, making for fun train viewing as they pass under.

 

The Hays Street Bridge is a great place to view the San Antonio skyline from a distance.

Torch of Friendship

The Torch of Friendship, or La Antorcha de la Amistad, was donated by the Mexican government to the people of the city of San Antonio. The sculpture, made 50 tons of red steel, stands 65 ft tall and symbolizes the two parallel cultures, languages, and nations of Mexico and the United States, rising up together, and intersecting at the top.

 

The Torch of Friendship, or La Antorcha de la Amistad, was donated by the Mexican government to the people of the city of San Antonio.

 

Mission Concepción Kneeler and Crucifix

To the left of the entrance in the Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas, is a small room for worshipers to light a candle and pray. Even with the high ceiling, the stone walls make the room feel smaller than it really is. Though the original fresco paintings on the walls have faded, you still have the sense of how it may have felt when it first opened in 1755.

 

To the left of the entrance in the Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas, is a small room for worshipers to light a candle and pray.