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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 #10 of 201 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is much smaller on the inside then it appears from the outside, but it is still a beautiful place of worship. As the primary Catholic church in San Antonio for many, many years, this church has seen everything that has happened in the city since before the Battle of the Alamo. Be sure to visit the chancel area... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This cathedral is simply stunning. A must see during your trip to San Antonio. We plan to go see the light show at night since we missed while on a ghost tour.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The detail in this Cathedral is amazing! We visited it during the day and went inside. As I took my hat off and walked in I was amazed and felt at peace. Later we came at night to watch the light show and wow very cool!

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Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

From 1654 thru today, this cathedral has always been the center of life in SAT. Alamo heroes are buried here: the Pope visited. Go and sit for awhile. Then go next door to the Governor's Palace for the complete picture.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

As a resident of San Antonio, I want to pass on information about the light show at the San Fernando Cathedral. It is AMAZING!!! You'll see Texas and San Antonio history projected onto the beautiful cathedral. If you are coming to San Antonio or live here as I do, make the trip downtown since it's worth it. And, it's FREE!!!... More

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New Orleans, LA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It was a small cathedral filled with beautiful artwork and the remains of some of the defenders of the Alamo. It was a destination of many of the Catholic faith as indicated by the rituals of lighting candles and prayers. Several people in the cathedral were helpful by recommending appropriate places to take pictures.

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There was a wedding going on when we visited this church and inside was just amazing. The alter glisten with gold and what a backdrop for a wedding. In front of the church is the park where the women and children of the Alamo gathered during the battle of the Alamo. The architecture and stained glass was really beautiful. A... More

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Ocala, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful but, during a daytime visit, was not exceptional. Nothing bad to say about it but nothing out of the ordinary on the positive side either.

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King William, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful, but it's the history that will get you. The remains of those who perished at the Alamo are interred here. It is very moving. There is a little shop to the side that also has a historical display on the cathedral itself. This is slightly off the beaten path from the Riverwalk but still within... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This church is absolutely beautiful. So much history! There is even a tomb with the buried remains of some soldiers.

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