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“Old world charm”

San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral
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Owner description: This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than one hundred years earlier.
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Few places in the States give you a taste of the old world and this is one of them. peaceful and pious this is a must see in San Antonio!

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

My husband and I didn't have this on our list but stopped here on our way back from the palace. Very nice and quaint church. Worth a look. They also have a gift store with very reasonable items that are catholic related we ended up with a cross, rosary and a music box for a wedding gift. Unique find.

Thank Alicia M
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We stayed at the Drury Plaza Riverwalk hotel over Easter weekend in a Terrace Suite. Our room had a beautiful view of the San Fernando Cathedral. We attended Easter mass at this church and it was so beautiful. I would highly recommend visiting this historic Cathedral if you are in the Riverwalk area.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

This church is located about a half mile west of the main San Antonio attractions (Alamo, etc) but certainly worth a visit if you are in the area, particularly if you are visiting the Spanish Governor's Palace located a couple of blocks away. It is a lovely building both inside and out.

The remains of David Crocket, William Barret Travis, James Bowie and other Alamo defenders are reportedly contained in a marble coffin enshrined in the church, though there is significant debate as to whether the actual remains really are in there. Either way, there is no admission charged and it is a nice place to visit.

Parking can be challenging. We drove around for quite some time trying to find a lot that had spaces available. Between the church and the Governor's Palace, we spend about 1.5 hours, so unless you are walking over to the Alamo from here, I'd opt for hourly parking rather than one of the all day lots. That being said, we spend $5 for the time there and across the street was all-day parking for $7. You could certainly spend more elsewhere, but perhaps its proximity to City Hall across the street seems to fill the surrounding lots quickly.

Thank KiwiUsa
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

San Fernando's history goes back to San Antonio's earliest days. The church does a good job of celebrating its history, but I would have appreciated some kind of brochure explaining more about it. The gift shop building has a small museum. We were not able to view the entire museum or visit the gift shop because the lone attendant had to eat lunch. It's an active parish and we had to leave the church to make way for a wedding, which was obviously more important than some tourists.

Thank Roxie1203
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