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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

115 Main Plaza, B, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 227-1297
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Ranked #8 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The original San Fernando Church was constructed between 1738 and 1749.  The walls of the church now form the Cathedral’s sanctuary.  Therefore, San... more »
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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral is stately, historic and welcoming, but the 20 minute free, nighttime light show on its façade is wildly colorful, exciting to watch and listen to. It tells the history of San Antonio in music and special effects. Created by an internationally famous French artist who has used several famous structures around the world to display his motion art,... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is right in the centre of the city, up a flight of stairs from the River Walk. I only saw it from the outside, but it's a typical Spanish cathedral: plain white, with two towers flanking a triangular section in the centre and ornate stone decorations around the windows. It has a square in front of it with... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Came for Sunday Mass which was a blend of Spanish and English for the liturgy and even the music. As a visitor you are made to feel at home in such a beautiful traditional setting. Came back for the multi-media show for which the facade of the Cathedral was used. The sanctuary is the original church which, by its construction... More

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We walked into the Cathedral and an orchestra was practicing some Baroque music. We stayed for a while and enjoyed the concert tremendously

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

so glad that we stopped to enjoy the cathedral and the history there. as a catholic I appreciated the ongoing support of the cathedral and the parish community. not to be missed on a trip to san Antonio!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
54 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We went to the shop first and the lady was so helpful and informative. When we went in to the Cathedral it was truly beautiful. We went back later in the evening to see the light show and live music which was amazing

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Florida City, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Only saw the outside at night but the lighting is spectacular. I love the whole open air plaza auto free atmosphere.

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were lucky enough to run into a Deacon from this church who shared it's amazing history with us. He also linked it to the Alamo for us and suggested books to read. Talking in the gift shop, we found this kind of service is not unusual.

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Orange County, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Before our vacation to San Antonio, we chanced upon a You Tube video by a local history buff who wrote a book about the forgotten monuments remembering the Alamo. On the video, he makes a brief stop at this church, the oldest continuously used cathedral in the USA. It is special because someone thought to preserve the ashes of the... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have seen so many cathedrals that it is hard to impress me. This one is significant in Texas history and has an impressive gold covered wall sculpture behind the alter.

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