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San Fernando Cathedral free

115 Main Plaza | San Antonio, TX 78205 | Official website
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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If you're touring San Antonio, the San Fernando Cathedral is hard to miss. Still an active house of worship, the cathedral is one of the oldest in the country, constructed in 1738 by colonists from the Canary Islands. It was here that Wild West legend James Bowie was married and that General Antonio López de Santa Anna indicated his plans for the Alamo. Some believe that many heroes from the Alamo (including Davy Crockett) are buried here in the unmarked tomb. And despite enduring damage from a fire in the late 19th century, the San Fernando Cathedral maintains its antique appearance, beckoning you to tour its breathtaking interior.

The San Fernando Cathedral dominates downtown San Antonio, standing proudly across the street from the Spanish Governor's Palace. Several bus lines serve the nearby plaza or you can park your car in a garage or lot nearby. The cathedral is open to the public every day from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and entry is free, but it's a good idea to check the San Fernando Cathedral website to avoid interrupting Mass.

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