Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who ... More
San Fernando Cathedral
Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.
I love San Fernando Cathedral, I live in SA and was a parishner to SFC but during the remodel phase I got displaced and returned to my parish St Peter The Prince of The Apostle Church. The cathedral has a special spirit that only those truly sseeking God and spirtuality, will fine it here. Go to the cathedral on Sunday prior to Thanksgiving Day and see the Indians in their custumes re-act how it was then...
This catheral is catholic but its for all of you, all faiths or non-believers. Come and fine God !
On April 2004, I was at San Fernado Catherdral Church For My Oldest Brother Furneral, He wanted to be at this church at his last Day of his Life, I was amazed to see the Beauty of San Fernado Cathedral, It was Beautiful there, And I will continue to Visit this church.I was at peace to know that my Brother Joe was there during his life time. I Loved him so much and, I will always miss him. San Fernando Cathedral Has made a special place for me to be. May My Brother Joe Arciniega Rest in Peace. I Loved him and Miss him Dearley. Love HIs Baby Sister Mary Lou Morris From Michigan
It was so special for my family, my Dad and for me, my Mom's wish was to visit the Cathedral, but she was unable to visit with us. She's no longer with us but will always be with in hearts. The cathedral is so beautiful.
San Fernando indeed peaked my interest when reading about it. However, when we went, that area was mostly under construction, so that hampered alot of the atmosphere. We did go inside the church (only one part was open to the public), and it was pretty, but from the website, I would have expected a little more. I am sure once it's 100% operational again it will be fine.
The cathedral was beautiful. The stained glass suberb. The historical value was just about the same as visiting the Alamo! I found the interfaith ceremony a break from the traditional catholic ceremony that I am use to, but it was appropriate for Thanksgiving Day.
Never saw a brochure or heard of this wonderful treasure. Just happened upon this Cathedral while visiting from Cincinnati, OH!
The City of San Antonio needs to “Toot its horn more” about this Church!
Jaw dropping beauty with a long History to boot & no-one in our group had ever heard of this place!!
Not a strong religious person but felt something Special when entering!
A definite “Must See” for anyone!
Connie from Ohio
We just happened to be passing by and decided to stop in. It is a beautiful cathedral. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter what your faith is. (we're not Catolic). It was a great chance to show the children briefly the beautiful architure and the importance to the Catholic faith. It was quiet and cool and a great little getaway.
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