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
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Tickets From $46.71

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 Travel Tips

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

Entrance Ticket Details For San Fernando Cathedral

  • The entry is free.

How to Reach San Fernando Cathedral

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  • 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
  • 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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  • 24.04% of people who visit San Antonio include San Fernando Cathedral in their plan

  • 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

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

60.19% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Fernando Cathedral

People normally club together The Alamo and Majestic Theatre 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

San Fernando Cathedral Reviews & Ratings

  • Absolutely stunning! The architecture is truly amazing and the church has a very unique history. As you walk in on the left side, you can see a tomb where Crockett, Travis, and Bowie rest. Keep walking and you'll soon discover the center of San Antonio (touch it for good luck!). There were some really nice people that I met and gave me a brief history over the grounds. (The pictures don't serve the cathedral any justice)

  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in San Antonio or anywhere else. This is where I lit a candle in memory of my 27 year old daughter who passed away in 2013. It is full of History and at the left entrance there are bodies actually buried under there. I could truly feel the presence of Jesus while I was in there

  • I have been to the light show several times, it’s always nice to watch it, remember Texas and San Antonio’s history. It lasts almost 30 minutes, counting with a good sound track that follows the images too. Recommended!

  • San Fernando Cathedral Is A BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC PLACE. My older sister and l went to the school they Had SEVERAL YEARS AGO. If one Can,go to Mid-Night Mass,its is ABSOLUTELY Beautiful and very family friendly and just an Awesome Church

  • Went in to the cathedral a d prayed for miracles, today I went back and just got a very important call I was waiting for this call was my prayer and miracle. Thank you Jesus God is good. All the time.

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