Home to the world-famous Alamo, the southern part of Texas boasts several other Spanish-style missions which add to the charm of the region. A place full of cultural and historic beauty, these century-old sites exhibit the fighting spirit of Texas which made the city what it is today.
Famous for the battle of Alamo in 1836, the Alamo mission is one of the most visited historic locations in Texas. Located in San Antonio, the place was the battlefield for Texas’s struggle for Independence from the rule of Mexico and to pave the way for its eventual entry in the United States of America.
When the Spanish priests visited the city of San Antonio, they established five other Catholic missions in order to spread their culture and beliefs among the people. Located along the San Antonio River are the other five missions:
- San Antonio de Valero
- San Juan
- San José (also called as Queen of the Missions mainly because of its enormous size)
The San Antonio Missions have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Rich in culture and history, each of the missions represents a part of the rich cultural values that still influence the way of living in San Antonio.
Another historical city in the southern part of the region is Roma, a city with more than 30 historic structures that were constructed before 1900. Depicting strong ties to its Mexican roots, the city of Roma boasts of an architecture that is a fine blend of European and Mexican styles.
You can wander further south of the city to visit a pueblo which was founded by Mexican settlers in the 18th Century. You can further visit the Zapata County Museum to find out more about the early settlement colonies in the area.
Laredo is another must-visit city in Texas where you can visit many locations such as San Agustín Plaza, Border Heritage Museum, and the San Agustín Church. The Republic of the Rio Grande Museum at Laredo offers special paranormal walks for those interested in ghosts.
If you have time on your hands, the Museum of South Texas History, as well as the Sacred Heart Church in the town of McAllen, are historical treasures based in the heart of South Texas. Each of these towns and missions represents the rich and diverse cultural history that have shaped the Texan spirit.