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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  • We enjoyed the night show but also went back during the day to go inside. A beautiful cathedral. A must visit on your trip. 
    We enjoyed the night show but also went back during the day to go inside. A beautiful cathedral. A must visit on your trip.  more »
  • Visited the cathedral for a few minutes to see the casket containing the remains of the Alamo defenders. The church isn’t very large and doesn’t take long to see. 
    Visited the cathedral for a few minutes to see the casket containing the remains of the Alamo defenders. The church isn’t very large and doesn’t take long to see.  more »
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  • This is by far the most beautiful church I have seen for many years. We have travelled since November 2021 from Canada. This church is on the route of the hop on hop off tour bus company in San Antonio. It is a bit of a walk from the bus stop; however, it is so worth the walk! There are amazing stained glass windows, a truly beautiful altar and there is so much to see, terrazzo marble floors, an amazing altar, a huge pipe organ, wonderful statues, spectacular ceilings, ornate columns. The cathedral still holds services, weddings, funerals. I was awed by the reverent silence and the magnificence of the building. The architecture is spectacular. Thank you for preserving this building so we may all enjoy it!
  • Without the man upstairs we aren’t anything.

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