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San Antonio Sights

San Fernando Cathedral

Updated 02/05/2013

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Still an active parish, San Fernando's was built in 1738 by the city's Canary Island colonists. Later, Mexican general Santa Anna raised a flag of "no quarter" here before he stormed the Alamo in 1836, signifying to the Texans that he would take no prisoners. In 1873, following a fire after the Civil War, the chapel was replaced with the present-day construction. Although a tomb holds the remains of some unknown soldiers, modern historians do not believe these were the bodies of the Alamo defenders because evidence of military uniforms, never worn by the Texans, has turned up among the remains.

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115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA

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  • Free
  • Daily masses starting at 6am. Tours available when church isn't in use

Updated 02/05/2013


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