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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

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Address: 115 W Main Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2718
Phone Number: +1 210-227-1297
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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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Beautiful Church, worth seeing

Stopped by to see this cathedral on our way to Market Square. It was Sunday so there were services actually going on, so we did not go inside. The outside of this building is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped by to see this cathedral on our way to Market Square. It was Sunday so there were services actually going on, so we did not go inside. The outside of this building is spectacular. The details is amazing and worth the trip.

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is probably five stars related to other American cathedrals, but I guess I have gazed on too many amazing cathedrals in Europe.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a must do. grand kids ages 12 and 9 enjoyed the light show at night. its free so go see it. very close to the riverwalk. bring a beach towel or mat but they do have concrete to sit on. this church is beautiful. so much history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

San Fernando is one of the oldest cathedrals in the US. It is striking on the outside and gorgeous on the inside. It is not ornate, but is still beautifully done. The stations of the cross are large and quite spectacular. We plan to return for another visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

San Fernando Cathedral originally built between 1738 ad 1750 and is one of the oldest active cathedrals in the United States. In 1831, Jim Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi in San Fernando. It has the burial Tomb of Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and Jim Bowie. The cathedral is also known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Saga light show is not to be missed. We came twice. This free art installation is one of the most impressive we have seen in recent years. The show is free.

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Houston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If for nothing else, visitors should stop in to the San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral since it's the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States (you can still see the original cornerstone at the front entrance). Although not as monumental or ornate as many European cathedrals, the San Fernando holds the remains of some of the fighters at the... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Saga- light show was amazing as scenes were projected onto the facade of the Cathedral. Attended mass, and then toured the Cathedral- both were great experiences.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Don't miss the historical laser lightshow on the wall of the CAthedral. Every half hour from 9 pm to 10. It is magnificent.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the oldest continuously used Cathedral in the United States. The Cathedral is lovely with twin steeples and white stone exterior; enter quietly with reverence as you will find people at prayer. There are beautiful works of art everywhere you look - stained glass, paintings, statues, altars. There is also a small coffin and tomb honoring some of the... More 

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