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“Beautifully Preserved and Maintained - Must See”

San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral
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Owner description: This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than one hundred years earlier.
South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautifully Preserved and Maintained - Must See”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The architecture is amazing and the historical significance is impressive. The remains of the heroes of the Alamo, Travis, Crockett and Bowie, are just inside the Narthex on the left side in a classical white marble sarcophagus. The gold altar piece with the blue plaster domed ceiling is unforgettable. It was hard to take it all in. Do not miss the Stations of the Cross in enameled wood along the walls. Each is supported by a corbel with sad cherubs on either side. Icons adorn the walls, and John Paul II is present larger than life in the back to the right of the door. The font is simple stone and must be original to the church. It appears ancient. The cathedral is beautifully maintained. Each night at sunset it is lit, and it glows in its square in the city. Please go inside and take time to appreciate this lovely church.

Visited June 2014
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Tacoma, Wa.
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73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Just .... Beautiful”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Certainly a lovely place to visit and soak in the culture and sereneness...the history is wonderful and the cathedral itself is really beautiful. Absolutely worth the visit.

Visited June 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“"The Saga"”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

The San Fernando Cathedral is now being used as a screen for a video presentation of 'The Saga' which tells the story of our incredible city from the beginning to the present day. My wife went and saw it two nights ago and it is truly magnificent. The show lasts about 23 minutes and is shown on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Best of all it's free. If you'd like a preview do a youtube search for "The Saga, San Fernando Cathedral". It's MUCH better in person and an absolute must do when you visit our city! Easy walk from anywhere downtown.
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Visited June 2014
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Phoenix
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful old church”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Beautiful historic cathedral. Oldest cathedral still operating in the US. Just inside the south door is a sarcophagus containing the remains of Jim Bowie, Davie Crockett, and Col. William Travis

Visited May 2014
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Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Weekday Mass”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Stopped in this beautiful cathedral, one of the oldest in the United States, and was happy to find out that it was time for noon mass. This welcome respite from the busy streets and sidewalks of the Riverwalk (just to the east of the cathedral) made me feel that I was in a foreign country. The cathedral square reminded me of the rich, unique history of Texas as it was part of France, Spain, Mexico and its own republic. Just inside the front door of the cathedral is the tomb of Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, and Jim Bowie, the heroes of the Alamo. If you have time, couple a visit here with some time at the Alamo and you will have a greater understanding of the geography of the battle. I was happy to be reading the book "The Blood of Heroes" by James Donovan while on my trip to San Antonio. Having this background information made me appreciate the role the Cathedral (then a smaller parish church) played in the battle.

Visited May 2014
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