San Fernando CathedralCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting San Fernando Cathedral
29.52% 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
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San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio Reviews
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
This is the center of San Antonio, the church started in 1731. This is the location that Santa Anna used as his base camp in the battle of the Alamo. The battle flag was posted in the church tower. Located in the entry way are the remains of the people from the Alamo. This is the oldest still practicing Cathedral in the United States. There a many mass times on Sunday. The Rites of Reconciliation are done every day from 11-5 pm. The church holds a Fiesta each year in main Plaza during the city Fiesta.
I’ve never seen anything quite like the light show on the front of this incredible church. I think cathedral is a better word for this place. I couldn’t figure out why people were out at dusk with the lawn chairs waiting for something – I had no idea that what was about to happen. What a true gem for the city of San Antonio to have something like this happening in the evenings I will come back every time I visit.
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.
Great tourist attraction. The gift store needs to add Christian color books. And more gifts for toddlers.
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