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San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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This cathedral was built in 1873 to replace the original founded more than one hundred years earlier.
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115 W Main Plz, San Antonio, TX 78205-2718
+1 210-227-1297
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Reviewed yesterday

This historic church was a delightful surprise during an evening stroll. My family happened upon it just in time for an amazing laser light show. The show is one of the most artistic productions I have ever seen. The show is a timeline of San...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 4 days ago

You really have to give a hand to the artisans who constructed this cathedral both on the outside but the breathtaking inside. The alters and art work belong in a museum but are right here in this church.

Thank Norbert K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in US. It was originally built more than 250 years ago. It has undergone several restorations over time. One gets a very good feel inside this cathedral. One can view the tomb containing the remains of some...More

Thank 716sachink
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful light show, story. Using the front of the church as the canvas. It lasts about 20 minutes. Every age would enjoy it and there’s plenty of room. The show happens 3 times a night on tue, and the weekend nights.

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a stunning old, historic church but the main reason I was interested in touring the church was it houses a tomb with the bones of the heroes of the Alamo - Davy Crockett, William Travis and James Bowie. Had it not been for...More

Thank BnCrXplorerz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The light show is amazing! It's a wonderful video experience that depicts the history of Texas. It's free but get there early to get a seat in the plaza in front of the cathedral.

Thank cateh20172017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful old Catholic Church; well worth a visit when traveling to the Alamo. The church is an absolute feast for the eyes!

Thank 422wallacel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sacred place, where some of the Texas independence war fallen soldiers lay. At the main plaza, next to the city hall.

Thank rebeccamx
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on the hop on/off bus tour, and just happened to get off the bus as noon mass was starting. Stayed for mass, walked around the gift shop. Beautiful old church.

Thank Ken123456
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The light show on Sunday night was fantastic. All the people watching it were very respectful and the show was free. They do it 3 times a night, 9, 9:30 and 10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring a chair if you don't want to...More

Thank tojo25
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19 February 2018|
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Response from karrots | Reviewed this property |
There wasn’t parking right at this plaza, but the nearest lot (at 205 W. Nueva Street, San Antonio) is pretty close (within 5 mins) and a pretty level easy walk.. You might get lucky and find some good nearby street... More
7 January 2018|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
You can walk there from the Riverwalk. It’s approximately 2.5 blocks. The light show is free and open to the public. It is displayed on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm and lasts 24... More
17 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa B | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s free. Please be aware it is an active church site, so quiet, respect and sensitivity to the people who are there to pray is a must. We stood quietly in the back, then quietly took a peek at the ornate... More