San Fernando Cathedral

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  • 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

San Fernando Cathedral - Review

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.

San Fernando Cathedral Information

  • Try and catch the mass. Find out the timings – they’re variable.

San Fernando Cathedral Ticket Prices

  • The entry is free.

How To reach San Fernando Cathedral by Public Transport

  • Buses on Dolorosa And Commerce Street

Restaurants Near San Fernando Cathedral

  • La Jalisco
  • Biga on the Banks
  • Lula’s Mexican Cafe
  • Mi Tierra Cafe

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TripHobo Highlights for San Fernando Cathedral

  • San Fernando Cathedral Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
  • San Fernando Cathedral Contact Number: +1-2102271297
  • San Fernando Cathedral Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • San Fernando Cathedral Price: Free
  • Best time to visit San Fernando Cathedral(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit San Fernando Cathedral: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting San Fernando Cathedral

  • 68.82% of people who visit San Antonio include San Fernando Cathedral in their plan

  • 28.23% of people start their San Fernando Cathedral visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see San Fernando Cathedral

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

62.18% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Fernando Cathedral

People normally club together The Alamo and Buckhorn Saloon And Museum while planning their visit to San Fernando Cathedral.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio Reviews

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  • A beautiful historic Catholic church in the heart of San Antonio. This cathedral is beautiful inside and out. It claims to have the remains of the Texans who defended the Alamo, but that may be more myth than truth. Regardless of that, this historic church is worth a visit.

  • Really interesting and unique light show to showcase the history of Texas and San Antonio. Not much seating but not really necessary as they're is plenty of standing room. Sounds effects were great although a bit kid for the 2 year old. Check the website for scheduling an it is not playing everyday.

  • The historic Roman Catholic San Fernando Cathedral is located in downtown San Antonio, facing the city's Main Plaza. The external facades with all their rich details are a perfect example of the Colonial, Gothic Revival Architectural style and It is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. On certain nights, you can enjoy watching "the Saga" an amazing show in which lights projected onto the cathedral tell the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.

  • My grandma used to go to this church in the early 1920's! I love this cathedral and it's beautiful inside and out. There is a light show called The Saga which tells a story of San Antonio using light and images and sounds. The show lasts around 30 minutes and starts around 9pm. I don't remember what days but you can find that information out on Google. There are small bistro tables nearby and some food trucks and eateries. Also located near the Riverwalk. If you love to walk and want to see the sights in downtown San Antonio make sure to stop by the cathedral.

  • Catholic church where you can visit and have a peaceful environment. And it also has some events thru the week and weekends. Nice place to take your kids

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