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San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio

(4.8/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
One of the oldest cathedrals in the country and a great example of Spanish colonial architecture, San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731, and today holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The church serves as the epicenter of Roman Catholicism in the city, and draws a large number of visitors and locals to its services and events. With symmetrical towers, high doorways, and stained-glass windows, the cathedral is reminiscent of grand European churches. The current Gothic-style appearance dates to renovations during the 1860s and 1870s. Don't miss the tomb of Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, who fell defending the Alamo. According to local legend, remains of more fallen Texans lie beneath the floors of the newer sections. Plan to visit San Fernando Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Antonio attractions using our San Antonio family vacation planner.
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  • Beautiful, well preserved building. Music and light show shown on certain evenings is particularly good  more »
  • This is a beautiful cathedral and is most definitely worth a visit. On several nights during the week the also show a 30 minute light show against the cathedral depicting Texas history and it's free!  more »
  • There is a light show at San Fernando Cathedral almost every night. It is a fantastic show set to music. Arrive early to get a good seat, it;s free and outdoors.  more »
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  • Visited the Cathedral to view the Light Show...The Saga. Was very impressed by the music and visuals but especially the history and culture of this great city depicted during the 24 minute FREE presentation. Plays each weekend and Tuesdays at 9, 9:30 and 10pm. Free downtown parking on Tuesday nights so it's an added plus.
  • We have been attending Catholic Mass here for almost 20 years. The people are great all are welcome. Some people come dressed up others come in shorts and polo shirts. Doesn't matter, just come and be respectful. Make it a point to see the original church behind the alter. Don't forget to visit the gift shop or restaurant in the courtyard beside the church. See you there!
  • I love this beautiful church. Mass is in English and Spanish. Please behind the alter to see the original architecture.
  • One of the oldest Cathedrals in the United States. The remains of the Alamo defenders are entombed here and the altar piece is worth a visit alone.
  • Great place to visit at 9pm when there is a video projection on the front side of the church. It's one of top attractions in SA.