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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, San Antonio

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One of the oldest cathedrals in the country and a great example of Spanish colonial architecture, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral was founded in 1731, and today holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The church serves as the epicenter of Roman Catholicism in the city, and draws a large number of visitors and locals to its services and events. With symmetrical towers, high doorways, and stained-glass windows, the cathedral is reminiscent of grand European churches. The current Gothic-style appearance dates to renovations during the 1860s and 1870s. Don't miss the tomb of Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, who fell defending the Alamo. According to local legend, remains of more fallen Texans lie beneath the floors of the newer sections. Add San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral to your San Antonio travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Antonio trip planning tool.
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  • If you're in San Antonio on a Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening, take time to catch The Saga in the Main Plaza. It's a colorful depiction of the city's history projected on San Fernando... 
    If you're in San Antonio on a Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening, take time to catch The Saga in the Main Plaza. It's a colorful depiction of the city's history projected on San Fernando...  more »
  • San Fernando de Bexar Catheral is a beautiful building, the oldest cathedral in Texas, one the oldest churches in the US still in use. The cathedral is great example of Spanish colonial... 
    San Fernando de Bexar Catheral is a beautiful building, the oldest cathedral in Texas, one the oldest churches in the US still in use. The cathedral is great example of Spanish colonial...  more »
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  • It is such a beautiful and peaceful church. You can tell they put a lot of money into it. It is air conditioned and you can take a few moments in your day to worship there. I also saw a place for daily confession. I gave the cathedral 4/5 stars for the cafeteria. The food is a little pricey given the quality of it.
  • We weren't able to see much of the inside of the cathedral because mass was in progress when we got there. We were able to see the resting place of the heroes of the Alamo just inside the entrance. The highlight was coming back at 9PM to see the light show on the exterior of the cathedral. This was truly impressive, the show lasted a little over 20 minutes and with lights, animations, and music told the story of San Antonio from prehistoric to modern times. The quality of the show was amazing and perfectly executed. This is a must see in San Antonio!

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