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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 227-1297
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Description: This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than...
This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than one hundred years earlier.
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While searching for a cup of java, we stumbled across the church during a early morning Spanish mass. It was heart warming and fantastic to hear the Mexican horns as part of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is such a beautiful sacred place. It's in a great location downtown. There's a light show a couple nights a week. However, we never saw it. Seemed we always had gotten involved in something else. But, pictures I've seen are amazing. This is one stop you should not miss.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

While searching for a cup of java, we stumbled across the church during a early morning Spanish mass. It was heart warming and fantastic to hear the Mexican horns as part of the music. We later discovered the slain soldiers of the Alamo are buried here. We came back at 9pm to see the laser history show on the outside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a respite in the cathedral for a quiet moment during a busy day. This was the center of San Antonio community many years and is still actively and beautifully maintained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

San Fernando Cathedral, founded in 1731, is one of the oldest Catholic Cathedrals in the U.S. Located in downtown San Antonio, a few minutes walk from the River Walk, the Cathedral is a beautiful visit. The remains of Travers, Bowie, Crockett and others that perished at the Alamo are found in a side room of the Cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Little did I know that this was America's 1st bonafide cathedral, but sure enough it was. A beautifully adorned historical treasure, and a must-see for all!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is worthwhile to visit in conjunction with the Alamo, as it is where Jim Bowie was married and Santa Anna displayed his famous flag of 'no quarter'. It also has a casket containing what are almost certainly not the remains of the heroes of the Alamo. The square in front of the cathedral is looking tired, but there were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Enjoyed the history of this catheral . Pope visited this church . Great to check out after visiting the Alamo. Don't miss .

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You can take a short trip to the cathedral of San Fernando and while you're in San Antonio. It is a very beautiful church with an open and spacious interior. A good place to have a quiet break from your sightseeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It is a beautiful cathedral.I felt the love and spirituality of the people who built it.The wonderful stations of the cross and other statues made with such attention to detail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

People forget that during the time of the Texas revolution most of the Texan's were Catholic. They had to be to live in Texas, which was part of Mexico at the time. So I guest is is not surprising that many of the heroes of the Alamo are actually interred at the Cathedral. It is a pleasant surprise, as I... More 

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