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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 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 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
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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Erie, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

For the next 10 years, weather permitting be trated to a laser light show, a 24-minute video collage of images set to music tand projected onto the facade of the church. It was a history of San Antonio and the local culture/history. It was beautiful, free and someting to see!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Do not miss this beautiful Spanish style Cathedral. The design and statues are exquisite. The crypt with the remains of the men who died at the Alamo is a very moving sight.

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St. Louis, MO
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Situated about a half-mile away from the Alamo mission, this church was used by Santa Anna to fly his infamous flag of no quarter. It is an old church, and as such, has tons of character. It is also the final resting place of some of the ashes of the Alamo defenders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

a really amazing light show that covers the entire front of the cathedral good music interesting scenes three shows a night I would suggest finding a place about midway to the cathedral the food trucks parked outside are a great alternative for food I would definitely suggest seeing this

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The beauty of the Cathedral. Davy Crockett's tomb in the lobby. The history of the Cathedral and the beautiful light show depicting history. Very unique light show with music

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