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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 #16 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is a must-see in San Antonio. The church is gorgeous and welcomes many visitors - locals and tourists alike. Inspiring.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

it is in downtown, it is not very big, but very nice in style and very close to the riverwalk, you can walk to go there, and it is worthy to visit

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest Cathedral in San Antonio so you should visit it at least once. Of interest are the gold altar piece and the sarcophagus containing the remains of the Alamo fighters. You will be able to walk thru and see everything within 15 minutes.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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 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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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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USA/Tennessee
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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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