San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, San Antonio

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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  • This is an old, beautiful church not to far from the River Walk. It was walkable from our hotel. Other then being just beautiful there is a computer light show starting at 9 pm Tuesdays and weekends t...  more »
  • The historical cathedral of San Antonio is perched on the very pleasant car-free main plaza of San Antonio, which in itself can be reached with a few steps up from the Riverwalk. The church, also know...  more »
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  • One of the oldest cathedrals in North America. Jim Bowie was married here. Santa Ana hoisted a flag from one of the tours marking the start of the seige of the Alamo. Geographic center of San Antonio. Gorgeous glittering structure behind altar. We went to Sat eve mass and enjoyed the Tex-Mex musicians. I enjoyed and excellent egg bacon taco at the cafe attached (check hours) and we came back for the magnificent light show Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun eve.
  • A vital and incredibly sacred treasure of San Antonio history and most importantly, worship. Plus the Laser Light Show every other night at 9pm is a moving chronicle of the area's living history done by local artists and musicians. It is a must see!

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