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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

115 W Main Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2718
+1 210-227-1297
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This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than one hundred years earlier.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“light show” (298 reviews)
“alamo heroes” (58 reviews)
“laser show” (50 reviews)
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115 W Main Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2718
Downtown
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+1 210-227-1297
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"light show"
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"alamo heroes"
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"laser show"
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"buried here"
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"stained glass windows"
in 18 reviews
"beautiful inside"
in 22 reviews
"free light"
in 19 reviews
"william travis"
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"main plaza"
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"old church"
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"davy crockett"
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"sunday mass"
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"active church"
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"mariachi mass"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This night time color and music display is free and fine for what it is. Mostly standing only....some seats around the square but these are gone half an hour before the start of the light show. They should have a narration with the light show.

Thank bigdogroad
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The facade of the cathedral makes a great backdrop for the music and light show. The lighting is beautiful, and the sights reflect the history of the area in a very inclusive way. The show only lasts about 20 minutes, so its okay to stand,...More

Thank TomM1951
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a beautiful cathedral Inside and out. They had a super cool projection of Texas history at night which was worth taking in.

Thank Reene B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a Catholic by any means. This church, however, is very interesting from a historical point of view. It IS a working church, so one needs to be quiet when entering, especially when there is a service going on. Several nights a week,...More

Thank Rick G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to love history to enjoy a visit to the Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful inside and out and has alot of history to enthrall the history buff. What you must do however is return at night for "The Saga" which is presented...More

Thank Cathleen H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only busy place downtown on Ash Wednesday, but so lovely. Took the Riverwalk Loop from the Convention Center area to the Alamo to this cathedral and then finished the loop. This cathedral has beautiful painted frescos and beautiful stained glass windows. It also holds the...More

Thank karrots
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful facility and houses remains from some of the defenders of the Alamo. Excellent and authentic Mexican cuisine just across the street.

Thank davisjd2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were blessed to attend mass here with the Arch Bishop. What a great church with lovely stone work. Make sure you come back at night for some picture. Just a really nice church.

Thank DavidByk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A dear friend gave me the heads up about San Fernando Cathedral, and I don't think I've stopped thanking her yet for it. First and foremost, this is the final resting place for many of the defenders of the Alamo. Secondly, it is nothing shy...More

Thank Debra Lynn T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lighting in this building is not typical of large churches. It is very well illuminated, such that you can see the detail in the ceiling painting. Even at night time it feels very open and airy. The whole building was modernized a few years...More

Thank plaisaeb
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kingnothing69
18 February 2018|
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Response from Kimmyjonc | Reviewed this property |
There is a paid parking area nearby, and then you have about a 10 minute walk to the cathedral.
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keltrinswife
6 January 2018|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
You can walk there from the Riverwalk. It’s approximately 2.5 blocks. The light show is free and open to the public. It is displayed on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm and lasts 24... More
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RitaJ2008
17 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s free. Please be aware it is an active church site, so quiet, respect and sensitivity to the people who are there to pray is a must. We stood quietly in the back, then quietly took a peek at the ornate... More
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