NileGuide Expert Says:
No matter what your faith is, visiting the San Fernando Cathedral is a beautiful and moving experience.
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Daily 6am-7pm; gift shop Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat until 5pm
The San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest active cathedral in Texas. Fifteen families from the Canary Islands were the church's first members. They were a part of King Phillip's efforts to colonize the area and claim it for Spain before the French could gain a foothold in the region. Considered one of the most historically significant churches in the U.S., it has been visited by a number of dignitaries throughout its long history, including President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1966 and Pope John Paul II in 1987. Located midway between the city center and the Market Square, the cathedral welcomes up to 5,000 people for weekend masses.