Our next stop on the tour was the Mission Concepción. It has not been restored.
Originally founded in 1716 in what is now eastern Texas, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña was one of six authorized by the government to serve as a buffer against the threat of French incursion into Spanish territory from Louisiana. It was developed by Franciscans and was named in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Juan de Acuña, the Marqués de Casafuerte. The Marqués was Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico) when the mission was transferred to the San Antonio River area in 1731.
The church was dedicated in 1755 and appears very much as it did then. It is the oldest un-restored stone church in America. In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface, but the patterns have long since faded or been worn away. However, original frescos are still visible in several of the rooms.