Fresh Eyes on San Antonio’s Missions: Texas Lifestyle Magazine

Fresh Eyes on San Antonio’s Missions: Texas Lifestyle Magazine — January 2016.

The wait is finally over. For the first time, Texas finally has a site on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The San Antonio Missions — including The Alamo — were officially designated a World Heritage Site in July 2015. The five missions, which together form the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America, join an elite list of global sites that meet strict criteria to be selected as a cultural treasure that is worthy of protection as a source of irreplaceable heritage. Worldwide sites include such magnificent and diverse places as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America.

Becoming the 23rd World Heritage Site in the United States, the San Antonio Missions join other national treasures such as the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and the Grand Canyon. It is only the third designation given in the U.S. in the last 20 years.

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