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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 #9 of 198 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What a show that was, the dimensions of the church were used so well to present the history in such a beautiful way. I will recommend this 20-25 mins show to everyone.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon this amazing show at night. A music and color projection show of San Antonio's/Texas history. Recommended, I believe this is a temporary show and it only plays on the weekends, not 100% sure though.

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Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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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