"La Danza de Matachines" at Mission Concepción. Photo by Peter Ray.

Mission Overlay Districts to Strengthen World Heritage Bid

The City's Office of Historic Preservation presented City Council with a plan Wednesday to create four Mission Protection Overlay Districts that would better preserve the environment, settings and views of the four Spanish colonial missions and also strengthen San Antonio's bid to win World Heritage Site recognition.

A family admires the recently restored Mission Concepcion during a Something Monday bike ride in July 2013. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Spanish Missions on Track for World Heritage Site

An incredible amount of time and craftsmanship went into the construction of San Antonio’s centuries-old Spanish missions, and crafting the massive World Heritage Site nomination document which went off in January to the Paris headquarters of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee was a labor-intensive undertaking in its own right.