San Fernando CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-2102271297
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
This cathedral is at the heart of the Catholic religion in San Antonio. It was completed in 1750 and is the oldest standing Roman Catholic cathedral in the USA. It’s been functioning continuously as a church and the seat of the archdiocese since it’s founding, that's why it’s history is very closely tied with that of San Antonio.
It was here that Jim Bowie was married and it was here that General Santa Anna hoisted a red flag in February 1836, signalling that no quarter was to be given to the defenders of the Alamo – and thus beginning the siege. Items of importance to note are the Station of the Cross, the stained glass windows, the influence of the emigrants from the Canary Islands who first built this place in the picture of the Virgin of Candelaria, and the burial tomb of Davy Crockett, W.B. Travis and Jim Bowie. It’s also the only church in Texas ever visited by a Pope. The cathedral plays an important role in religious festivities even today including the Fiesta Week and the staging of the Good Friday Passion Play.
- Try and catch the mass. Find out the timings – they’re variable.
- The entry is free.
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29.51% of people who visit San Antonio include San Fernando Cathedral in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
31.9% of people start their San Fernando Cathedral visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see San Fernando Cathedral
60.19% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Fernando Cathedral
Whether you are Caholic or not, this is such an historic church. I believe it is the oldest Catholic church in the nation. You will be able to take breath taking pictures and learn the centuries of service to our community. Well worth the time to take to see and learn!
I love to visit here. They have the most beautiful organ. The light show celebrating the 300 years of San Antonio is beautiful. It is free and there are usually some food trucks around. It's a must see and so enjoyable. The people at the Catheral are very nice and welcoming. You can visit without attending a service. I always tell everyone to visit here
Got there as a wedding was happening, pretty cool experience, they have glass doors so you can have a look inside without messing with the privacy of what’s going on inside! Beautiful tainted glass windows, classic small cathedral building.
The night time light show was a very unique experience. Hard to describe, you just have to see it, you will not be disappointed.
This is a cool place to visit. Nice little park outside and check when they do the projector shows on the facade. Wish the parking was a little more clear to find.