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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 #15 of 190 attractions in San Antonio
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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral is so full of history and beauty. This site is on the trolley route and was an easy walk with a beautiful gift shop with a mini-museum inside. We were given holy water as a gift with our purchase.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a can't miss stop on one's visit to the San Antonio Riverwalk area. This cathedral's interior is absolutely gorgeous. I also suggest visiting the gift shop next door as you may purchase a candle, which can then be placed at one of various prayer stations within the cathedral for lighting.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stopped in here whilst wondering around San Antonio. Its a lovely building, very old and with a lot of historical context. Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and Jim Bowie are buried here and there is a small memorial to them at the front of the cathedral. i wouldn't say it is the prettiest cathedral I have ever seen nor... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

If you're already down to El Mercado (I almost wrote The El Mercado) you should stop by and see the cathedral, Catholic or not. Both inside and outside it is an amazing, visually astounding building. Go inside and see the EXACT center of San Antonio (yes, you can stand over it and take a 'pichure' of the brass medallion on... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you're not Catholic, San Fernando Cathedral is worth visiting because of its historical status as the oldest cathedral in the United States as well as the final resting place of Texas heroes Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and Jim Bowie. In addition, although small, the interior is quite beautiful. If you're a church-going Catholic, the Saturday evening mass is... More

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Waco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I love visiting cathedrals and this place is a reason why. I love the architecture and history of the church. I was fascinated to learn of the sarcophagus and the official center of san antonio. The church was beautiful. I am disappointed we werent in town long enough to celebrate mass. I would like to return. Beautiful church!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a beautiful Church and I am glad that we walked to it from the Riverwalk. It isn't that far and there are architectural vistas on the way. The courthouse is across the way. Be sure and go inside. Breathtaking IMO.

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Jackson, Miss.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

While we were in San Antonio for spring break, we decided to check out the San Fernando Cathedral, which we could see from our hotel balcony. We slipped over just after mass ended to admire the interior. The original church, which sits on the geographic center of San Antonio, was built sometime in the mid-1700s and was host to the... More

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Washington State
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This was a pleasant stop on our way down to the Riverwalk. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Inside is not as amazing as the outside, but it is nice. This was a good brief diversion.

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Westville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The interior was absolutely breathtaking. There is a lot of history attached to this cathedral and besides it being a church, many of the defenders ashes are here. We met a very nice man, I believe he was a custodian or volunteer, but he gave us a lot of attention telling us little things about this cathedral. I loved it.

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