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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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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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  • Vic W
    7/30/2017
    San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is a must see as part of the history of San Antonio. San Fernando Cathedral is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA, fa... moreSan Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is a must see as part of the history of San Antonio. San Fernando Cathedral is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA, facing the city's Main Plaza. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the seat of its archbishop. It is notable as one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. It was constructed in 1738. The altar is guilded in gold and is beautiful. The Cathedral is also the final resting place of the Heroes of The Alamo, William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett. The burial tomb can be found in a small chapel at the front of the Cathedral. If you enjoy history this is a must visit.... less
  • John C
    7/27/2017
    My wife, daughters, and I visited the San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral after we toured The Alamo while on vacation. It is a beautiful structure, and it is especially interesting that the heroes of the... moreMy wife, daughters, and I visited the San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral after we toured The Alamo while on vacation. It is a beautiful structure, and it is especially interesting that the heroes of the Alamo are buried inside this church along the left-side of the building. From what I understand, the Mexican Army burned the bodies of heroes of The Alamo. So apparently they took the heroes' ashes (e.g., Travis, Crockett, and Bowie) and buried/entombed them in this church. You should visit this church if you are seeing The Alamo while in the Riverwalk area.... less
  • travelbug2332
    7/23/2017
    I liked the overall look of the church and it's location on the square. One could picture a grand building like this being the focal point of a community. Went inside and was equally impressed with in... moreI liked the overall look of the church and it's location on the square. One could picture a grand building like this being the focal point of a community. Went inside and was equally impressed with interior. Highly recommend you come here in you go see the Alamo.... less
  • lkfla
    7/22/2017
    The Cathedral currently is doing a light show on the face of the building depicting the history of San Antonio. It is set to music and even without knowing the history, you can figure out what they a... moreThe Cathedral currently is doing a light show on the face of the building depicting the history of San Antonio. It is set to music and even without knowing the history, you can figure out what they are telling you through the pictures. Very interesting and unique!... less
  • Jacki W
    7/22/2017
    My 2 sons age 11 and 12 and myself saw the light show. It was gorgeous and not to be missed. I believe it is shown nightly staring at 9:00 and lasts for 30 minutes.