Located on the south wall of the church, the rose window is a mysterious part of the Mission San José church. Although this window has been called “la ventana de rosa” for many years, it doesn’t ressemble the round, stained-glass windows often referred to by this name. It is believed that the window actually was named after Rosa, the fiancé of sculptor Juan Huizar. The window was sculpted in 1775.
Mission San José is located at 6701 San José Drive in San Antonio, Texas. To read about one of the other mission churches, Mission Concepción, see my story The beautiful Mission Concepción.