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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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What a beautiful, serene place

The cathedral is just off the Riverwalk next to the courthouse. Sadly, we missed the light show (it is dark on Mondays.) The church holds the remains of three of the heroes of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cathedral is just off the Riverwalk next to the courthouse. Sadly, we missed the light show (it is dark on Mondays.) The church holds the remains of three of the heroes of the Alamo. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's an easy walk from the Riverwalk section of town. Peaceful church. On certain nights there is a 20 minute spectacular lightshow on the face of the cathedral that is one of the most memorable sights in San Antonio!! Check their website for nights and times. This show is not to be missed!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the oldest cathedrals in the US and very beautiful. The Burial Tomb of Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and Jim Bowie is located outside the main church. Pope John Paul II visited here in 1987. Take a few moments looking at the Stations of the Cross and stained glass windows.

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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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