San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, San Antonio

One of the oldest cathedrals in the country and a great example of Spanish colonial architecture, San Fernando De Bexar 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. Add San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral to your San Antonio travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Antonio trip planning tool .
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  • Beautiful old church, especially on the inside. The surprise is the stone coffin at the entrance, containing the remains of the Alamo heroes, though there is debate on this.  more »
  • San Fernando is a Gem in San Antonio, beautiful to walk through and enjoy the art and architecture. We were not in town for the nights of the historic light show, but would have loved to see it in per...  more »
  • While smaller than many of the grand cathedrals in Europe, it stands up well in terms of its beauty. We were really impressed with the cathedral's stained glass windows and the ornate golden altar. It...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in San Antonio or anywhere else. This is where I lit a candle in memory of my 27 year old daughter who passed away in 2013. It is full of History and at the left entrance there are bodies actually buried under there. I could truly feel the presence of Jesus while I was in there
  • We're didn't actually go in, we just saw the "saga" show, but it was beautiful and enjoyable. Is not narrated, only music and colors which is a bit too bad because there are so many references to many things that you can't really get unless you know your San Antonio history very well. I feel like I was only able to pick up on maybe half of the stories. Still, quite beautiful.
  • Love this church! They have a Cristo Negro replica which makes me feel like home. It has a lot of history too so even if you are not Catholic it is def worth checking out.
  • San Fernando Cathedral is a staple of San San Antonio. It is right in downtown. A lot of tourists take time to admire and tour it. For the locals, it is a quiet secret to pray and reflect. It is peaceful and serene. Mass is daily at 12 noon with evening mass at 5:30pm during the week. I recommend it. Enjoy and Be Still and Listen
  • This is right downtown, a Catholic Outpost, very popular with the first generation Mexicans, they love it In the plaza, is a tiny fast food place. Across the street is a Subway restaurant. The other way, the courthouse complex, and within walking distance of the Mexican consulate. This is next door to the city council facility. Enjoy.
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