The San Fernando Cathedral offers rich history, beautiful architecture, and a stunning 7,000-square-foot light show projected onto the side of the building. At almost 300 years old, the cathedral is the oldest church in Texas and has a deep history, including its significance in the siege of the Alamo.

The cathedral is a popular destination amongst Catholics, who seek out the destination to light a candle and worship. "The Saga" is a 24-minute projected show outlining the history of San Antonio, beginning with the discovery of the city and the first settlement through current times, and it's free of charge.

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Highlights of San Fernando Cathedral

The San Fernando Cathedral was established in 1731 when 15 families arrived from the Canary Islands. It has undergone many renovations and expansions, but the original walls are still present in the cathedral sanctuary.

In the 1836 siege of the Alamo, the blood-red flag of no quarter was raised in the cathedral as a warning that the men inside the Alamo would not be spared. There is a coffin in the church that holds the remains of those who died at the Alamo. The cathedral has also hosted dignitaries from around the world, including Pope John Paul II.

Good to know about San Fernando Cathedral

The San Fernando Cathedral’s famous light show plays multiple times on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and you can find current showtimes on the cathedral website. You'll find the San Fernando Cathedral located in the centre of San Antonio.

While you're in the area, there are several nearby historical sites you could visit, including Casa Navarro State Historic Site and the O. Henry House. You may also enjoy a trip to the popular San Antonio River Walk, which features a wide variety of shopping, highly rated restaurants and bars, boat cruises, and beautiful bridges and walking paths.

San Fernando Cathedral

Location: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

Phone: +1 210-227-1297