Cathedral of San Fernando
The Cathedral of San Fernando is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in downtown San Antonio, the mother church of the archdiocese of the San Antonio seat of Archbishop. This absolutely stunning historic building faces the main plaza downtown and shows off an authentic Gothic Revival style that will impress and awe you, no doubt. (architect Giraud 1738).
The actual church was first founded in 1731 by 15 families sent by the king from the Canary Islands. Given this date of establishment, this structure is easily the oldest continuously functioning religious community in all of Texas, boasting a truly astounding 281 years of service. The center sees over 5,000 visitors for tours and weekend masses each week, making this spot a modern religious refuge on top of the incredible history.
'...a special place that occupies a unique position in this city and for the many visitors who come by the thousands every year.'
The church puts on regular symphonies, concerts, tv specials, baptisms, funerals, and weddings, always busy with one major event or another. During your visit, you may see one of these things happening, but if you don't you can choose to tour the church, light a candle, or even pray if you are of faith.
The Cathedral of San Fernando is a true 'ecumenical, cultural, civic, and service center of unity and harmony for all God-loving people of San Antonio and beyond'.