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San Antonio's missions defining part of the city's culture

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SAN ANTONIO - In this week's "Our City, Our History" we introduce you to a crucial part of San Antonio history.

The missions have been around since the 1700s. In 2015 they received a special designation from UNESCO, granting them the title of world heritage site.

"Now you are on a world stage," said father David Garcia, archdiocese of San Antonio. "You're up there with the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, with the Taj Mahal. We never thought of ourselves like that -- that's who we are. We are now at that level."

The missions include Concepcion, San Juan, San Jose, Espada and the Alamo. Each one, except for the Alamo, is an active parrish.

For those missions their grounds are cared for by the National Park Service but the government does not fund the churches or the work they need done.

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