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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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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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No matter what religion you are this is a must see church. And it is FREE. It is historical and breath taking. You do need to ask if you can take photos.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No matter what religion you are this is a must see church. And it is FREE. It is historical and breath taking. You do need to ask if you can take photos.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tiny cathedral is virtually surrounded by a shopping center. That, however, does not take away from the sheer beauty of it. It stands magnificently in the center of downtown San Antonio. People of all religions are welcome to walk in and observe the beauty of the interior architecture and of the awesome stained glass windows. Proper behavior is essential... More 

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Caldwell, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another place that is a must see while in San Antonio- so much history surrounds the Cathedral. Gorgeous building and the stained glass windows are so beautiful.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been in St. Patricks Cathedral in NYC and I would say that this could rival it. While St. Patricks is bigger, this one is breathtakingly gorgeous. Beautiful stained glass & cathedral ceilings and the light show they display on the outside at night is supposed to be great too!

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The light show was amazing. I love the detail and the narrative of the show. Very easy to access with several downtown parking lots and lots of room to enjoy the show. I recommend carrying chairs if possible. The gravel makes sitting very uncomfortable.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful inside and out; serene, historical. Visited in Sept. 2015 and June 2016. Amazing laser light show with excellent music track - Tue, Fri, Sat,(3 consecutive showings, 9pm,9:30 and 10pm) projected onto the front of the cathedral. History of Texas portrayed in an awe-inspiring way! Just walk right up to the plaza and enjoy! It's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

San Fernando Cathedral - right on Main Square in San Antonio is one of the oldest churches in Texas - At certain times of the year, in the evening - they will project on the face of the church a history of Texas set to music. Do yourself a favor and check and see if this is happening while you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I often make a point to visit historic or visually impressive churches. This church is both. It is very inviting, comfortable, calming, and humbling.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After a good walk from the river it is a good place to visit, say Hi to our Lord, and continue visiting the landmarks of the city.

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Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the entire family to Saturday evening Mass. The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. The mariachi music was amazing. I highly recommend for Mass when you you visit San Antonio.

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