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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 202 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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Batavia, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Starts at 9pm and repeats itself twice in case you arrive late. Very nice musical show broadcasted onto the Cathedral. Best to take the River Walk Boat Tour first which explains a lot about the history of San Antonio so the musical show will make more sense but beautiful regardless.

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Houston, Texas
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We visited during a Mass so we could not walk around the entire church. The altar and interior architecture were beautiful. Very traditional Catholic Church. Some of the heroes of the Alamo are interred to the right of the lobby.

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Panama City, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I love to visit all types of churches in most places we travel to and this was one of the most beautiful and ornate ones I was ever in. So much history .

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New Jersey
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is beautiful and is situated with a lovely plaza in front of it. If you can get here before the end of the year - you must go to the light show. A 25 minute light show is projected on the front façade of the cathedral. The imagery depicts the history of san Antonio and is put to... More

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Visiting the cathedral during the day is rewarding. Very ornate gold altar and some very nice stained glass windows. All this makes for a pleasant visit. However, go back at night for the light show and you are in for a real treat. 9:00 on Friday (and some other nights). It is superb!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The beautiful reatblo is absolutely stunning- also many Texas heroes buried here. The cathedral is a gem...if you have not been there lately, it is worth a trip downtown!

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kerrville
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11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

WE were so excited to finally be downtown to see the lasar show and at starting time an alert was posted the show was canceled. Others there for the viewing said this was not uncommon

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just happened to drive by when we saw a display of light bouncing off a church. When we parked is when we noticed it was the San Fernando Cathedral. The light show was accompanied with great music. Their was an option to buy near by Mexican food from a cart.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Building construction started in 1738 and completed in 1750. It is claimed to be the first house of worship for Texans. The building is very nice comparable to some of the European cathedrals. The plaza in front of the church has nice water fountains which give respite for travelers in a hot day in Texas. The remains of the heroes... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

The San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is a nice place to stop in and get a break from the heat. Very historic and authentic. It is worth a fifteen minute stop for sure. Longer if you are really into history and/ or religion.

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