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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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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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  • Lou L
    3/17/2017
    On a long trip to San Antonio, we made it a point to stop at the Cathedral and we were so glad we made the time. We first went there at night just to see it, expecting it to be closed. There was a wed... moreOn a long trip to San Antonio, we made it a point to stop at the Cathedral and we were so glad we made the time. We first went there at night just to see it, expecting it to be closed. There was a wedding going on, but we were able to walk in and see the tomb of the Alamo heroes on the side. After the wedding ceremony we went into the church and saw the beautiful artwork. A plaque commemorates Pop John Paul IIs visit a couple years ago along with a statue. We happened to be there on a laser light show night which was a great way to spend the night. The show goes through the history of San Antonio and represents all the cultures that have contributed to its heritage. The following day we went back to see it during the day and it was even more breathtaking. My friends attended a mass there and they enjoyed the ceremony. Nice stop for some peace in the busy river walk area. Be wary late at night though, there were some drunks both times we went there but the local police hushed them away quickly.... less
  • Tracey G
    3/14/2017
    We made sure to catch the light show at the San Fernando Cathedral. It is amazing and the Cathedral is a beautiful backdrop. This is similar to the light show on the castle at Disney World but you can... moreWe made sure to catch the light show at the San Fernando Cathedral. It is amazing and the Cathedral is a beautiful backdrop. This is similar to the light show on the castle at Disney World but you can see this unobstructed and without people smashed around you like at Disney. This would be especially wonderful for those familiar with Texas history. It would be nice if more text could be integrated to identify the faces and events, but we loved it anyway.For little kids you might want to bring a beach towel/blanket to sit on. The whole show is 24 minutes. Currently it shows Tues, Fri, Sat & Sun at 9:00, 9:30, & 10:00.... less
  • KEMMH
    3/14/2017
    It was my good fortune to be at the Drury Hotel around the block from the Cathedral - or should I say across the river? I was able to attend the Sunday evening service at the Cathedral and the wonder... moreIt was my good fortune to be at the Drury Hotel around the block from the Cathedral - or should I say across the river? I was able to attend the Sunday evening service at the Cathedral and the wonderful people I met enjoined me to be sure to watch the Music and Light show on Sunday evening at 9pm. Imagine the front of the Cathedral is a TV Screen (BIG) and these cameras are set up to show the History of San Antonio from A to Z in 22 minutes. And they DO! The lights bathe the old Cathedral in ever changing scenes while music fills the air to accompany each new sight. The weather was perfect, but as we were staying in the hotel, we brought no chairs, & used the ones on the plaza. The overhanging shade trees (a blessing in the day) kept me from seeing the entire show without ducking & moving. So when we went back to the hotel, we found we could go up on the 15th floor & see and hear it with no interference. Worth the price of admission!Inside the church you can see the many objects that have been preserved and none gets your attention more than the burial sites in the wall of the church of some of the Alamo's fighters.The Altar at the other end of the Cathedral is breathtaking. The artisans believed in giving their best for their God.This place is a Must See and I would go back tomorrow!... less
  • Bucklesplus
    3/14/2017
    Little known fact that the remains of the 185 Alamo defenders, what was found, has been placed in a marble crypt in the vestibule of the cathedral. There is also a laser light show outside the cathedr... moreLittle known fact that the remains of the 185 Alamo defenders, what was found, has been placed in a marble crypt in the vestibule of the cathedral. There is also a laser light show outside the cathedral on Friday nights.... less
  • markcK457RD
    3/13/2017
    My family and I attend mass here at least twice a year and somtimes for Christmas mass. What a treasure for San Antonio.