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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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  • tleeEvans
    4/10/2018
    Lovely inside and the architecture is wonderful Easy walking from the Alamo and Riverwalk. Great history
  • michiganpete7
    4/9/2018
    It's worth a visit here for several reasons. One, it's beautiful both inside and out. Second because you can say you visited the oldest cathedral in Texas. Another reason is the remains of key Alamo... moreIt's worth a visit here for several reasons. One, it's beautiful both inside and out. Second because you can say you visited the oldest cathedral in Texas. Another reason is the remains of key Alamo fighters are interred there. Inside is beautiful, with many key early San Antonio figures buried inside. Fun fact: there is a marker inside the church stating it's the center of the city of San Antonio, as recognized by the City Council. So take a photo!... less
  • genevieves2018
    4/8/2018
    I loved visiting the San Fernando Cathedral. It is very beautiful and so unique. It is a lovely building and has many historic attributes. The light show at night is on Tuesdays at 9, 9:30 and 10:00 P... moreI loved visiting the San Fernando Cathedral. It is very beautiful and so unique. It is a lovely building and has many historic attributes. The light show at night is on Tuesdays at 9, 9:30 and 10:00 PM and is shown on the exterior of the building.... less
  • hjlsatx
    4/8/2018
    The oldest Cathedral in the United States. Sits in the heart of downtown with easy access to other historic sites
  • Susan L
    4/2/2018
    Highly recommend!! We visited for Easter Sunday Mass. The congregation was welcoming and the music was outstanding. It was a packed house, but the priest gave a very though provoking and personalized ... moreHighly recommend!! We visited for Easter Sunday Mass. The congregation was welcoming and the music was outstanding. It was a packed house, but the priest gave a very though provoking and personalized homily. The interior of the cathedral is beautiful and when I took a photo, one of the volunteers invited me to go behind the alter to take better photos.... less