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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

1617 reviews on TripAdvisor
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Open 24 Hours·12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Mon:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Tue:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Wed:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Thu:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Fri:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Sat:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Sun:12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of w... more
Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.... less
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  • TomM1951
    2/19/2018
    The facade of the cathedral makes a great backdrop for the music and light show. The lighting is beautiful, and the sights reflect the history of the area in a very inclusive way. The show only last... moreThe facade of the cathedral makes a great backdrop for the music and light show. The lighting is beautiful, and the sights reflect the history of the area in a very inclusive way. The show only lasts about 20 minutes, so its okay to stand, but arrive early if you want to get a chair.... less
  • Reene B
    2/19/2018
    This was a beautiful cathedral Inside and out. They had a super cool projection of Texas history at night which was worth taking in.
  • Rick G
    2/18/2018
    I am not a Catholic by any means. This church, however, is very interesting from a historical point of view. It IS a working church, so one needs to be quiet when entering, especially when there is ... moreI am not a Catholic by any means. This church, however, is very interesting from a historical point of view. It IS a working church, so one needs to be quiet when entering, especially when there is a service going on. Several nights a week, the outside silhouette of the church is lit up along with music for a 15-20 light show that tells the story of San Antonio. Very nice.... less
    2/15/2018
    You don't have to love history to enjoy a visit to the Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful inside and out and has alot of history to enthrall the history buff. What you must do however is return a... moreYou don't have to love history to enjoy a visit to the Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful inside and out and has alot of history to enthrall the history buff. What you must do however is return at night for "The Saga" which is presented several nights a week twice an night. The Saga is the condensed history of San Antonio told in a fantastic light and sound show that is projected on the cathedral. The projection covers the whole cathedral and transforms its into a spectacle canvas.... less
  • karrots
    2/15/2018
    Only busy place downtown on Ash Wednesday, but so lovely. Took the Riverwalk Loop from the Convention Center area to the Alamo to this cathedral and then finished the loop. This cathedral has beauti... moreOnly busy place downtown on Ash Wednesday, but so lovely. Took the Riverwalk Loop from the Convention Center area to the Alamo to this cathedral and then finished the loop. This cathedral has beautiful painted frescos and beautiful stained glass windows. It also holds the container with the ashes of the defenders of the Alamo just inside the left entrance. Highly recommend as part of an introduction to San Antonio!... less