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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 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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kerrville
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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

San Fernando has be renovated and the beauty of the restoration is awesome. The current outside light show is worth the trip

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A beautiful church. The oldest Cathedral west of the Mississippi River. For history buffs you can "see" where relics from William B Travis are inside the church. The Plaza and gift store are excellent too.

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Canfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A must see in your travels to San Antonio. This area abounds with the presence of the importance of religion dating back to the work done by the missions. Tourists may visit the inside of the cathedral, pray, rest, and better understand the importance of the Catholic faith among the people who live here.

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Natalia, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Every Easter San Fernando Cathedral puts on the passion performance it is a reenactment of the crucifixion that our Lord and Savior Jesus sacrificed his life for us. It is very moving and unforgettable to see.

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Marrero, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to the 5pm mass on Saturday and it was beautiful. The church is so grand. The choir did all the songs bilingual which was awesome.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The cathedral is much smaller on the inside then it appears from the outside, but it is still a beautiful place of worship. As the primary Catholic church in San Antonio for many, many years, this church has seen everything that has happened in the city since before the Battle of the Alamo. Be sure to visit the chancel area... More

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