For the many dedicated and often unsung people in San Antonio who labored over the years to preserve the San Antonio Missions and the Alamo and win them recognition as the first urban World Heritage site west of the Mississippi River, July 5 was a special day when UNESCO members in Bonn, Germany voted unanimously to place the Spanish colonial structures on the list of World Heritage sites.
If all goes as the Archdiocese of San Antonio and 210 Development Group plan, some 200-230 apartments will be built a stone’s throw away from Mission Concepción, redeveloping the site of the old St.
In the wake of the World Heritage designation of San Antonio’s Spanish colonial Missions, a Native American advocacy group will provide tours of the Missions that illuminate the sites’ indigenous history.
The designation of the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site will have a powerful economic impact, Archdiocese Director of the Old Spanish Missions Father David Garcia told 100 members and guests of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
Though more than 100 people had indicated they would attend on Facebook, less than 30 people gathered in front of the Alamo on Saturday afternoon to protest the iconic shrine’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
San Antonio’s four Spanish colonial Missions and the Alamo, a world-famous symbol of heroic sacrifice and a former mission, were formally named a World Heritage site Sunday at the 39th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, a triumphant conclusion to a multi-year effort that included restoration of the Mission churches and the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, and expansion of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
Father David Garcia walks the walk.
The Bexar County Commissioners Court formally endorsed the nomination for the Spanish Colonial Missions as a World Heritage Site on Tuesday.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites has endorsed the 2014 World Heritage nomination of the Alamo and four other missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada, bringing San Antonio’s Spanish colonial treasures one step closer to the coveted international recognition.
Six months before UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meets in Bonn, Germany to consider adding the Spanish Missions and Alamo to its list of unique cultural places and properties, the long-sought expansion of San Antonio Missions National Historic Park is finally becoming a reality.