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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 #12 of 197 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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Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

You have to experience this for yourself. It is a sacred place. I had chills the whole time I was there.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

a must stop when in SA, some advice, go during the week. less crowded. and pictures are allowed in the cathedral.

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SE, AZ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Put yourself back into the time of the revolution when this was a valuable piece of real estate because of its location on the Alamo River. Then just enjoy the beauty of the building and the historical significance of it all.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great location, near walking distance of the riverwalk. The church has a great history and very diverse. I would go again. Highly recommended.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Quite a unique mission - part of the great mission trail around San Antonio but one of the best. Wander around the walls and peer into small "cells" which the local indians and monks shared and don't miss the illuminated display which is a great way of showing how the various activities operated from defence to farming, from worship to... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A reviewer said that the San Fernando light show was done by a "brilliant local artist" which is incorrect. It was done by internationally renowned French artist Xavier de Richemont, who has honored other cathedrals, historical sites, museums and even boats with his unique art form. This is the first time the artist has displayed his work in the United... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is where the ash remains of Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William Barret Travis are kept. The cathedral is big, but does not have the wealth in gold, stained glass windows, icons, or murals that one might expect from a cathedral. Nonetheless, it is a significant historical sites that is worth a few minutes to enter.

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Bullard, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is the original cathedral in San Antionio. It is rich in history and still serves as an active church. It also houses the remains of several Alamo defenders.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Cathedral is in the heart of downtown San Antonio, so not hard to get to from any of the other major tourist sites in the area. This is one of the oldest cathedral churches in the United States, and hosts the remains of several of Texas' most well-known freedom fighters directly inside the left entrance. The inside is arranged... More

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There is a new art exhibition shown on the facade of this beautiful cathedral. A must see, it's free and educational at the same time!

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