San Fernando Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de San Fernando) also called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Candelaria and Guadalupe (Spanish: Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe) is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States, facing the city's Main Plaza. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the seat of its archbishop. Its dome serves as the city of San Antonio's cultural and geographical center. The cathedral is also known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is notable as one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States.
The original church of San Fernando was built between 1738 and 1750. The walls of that church today form the sanctuary of the cathedral, which gives rise to its claim as the oldest cathedral in the State of Texas. The church was named for Ferdinand III of Castile, who ruled in the 13th century. The baptismal font, believed to be a gift from Charles III, who became King of Spain from 1759, is the oldest piece of liturgical furnishing in the cathedral. The cathedral was built by settlers from the Canary Islands; for this reason the interior is an image of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands.
|Monday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Saturday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
|Sunday||8:00 AM – 6:30 PM|
HOMERO GONZALEZ | Jul 10, 2018
Catholic church where you can visit and have a peaceful environment. And it also has some events thru the week and weekends. Nice place to take your kids
Hani Elhajj | Jun 17, 2018
The historic Roman Catholic San Fernando Cathedral is located in downtown San Antonio, facing the city's Main Plaza. The external facades with all their rich details are a perfect example of the Colonial, Gothic Revival Architectural style and It is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. On certain nights, you can enjoy watching "the Saga" an amazing show in which lights projected onto the cathedral tell the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.
Aaron LeGrand | Jul 1, 2018
Really interesting and unique light show to showcase the history of Texas and San Antonio. Not much seating but not really necessary as they're is plenty of standing room. Sounds effects were great although a bit kid for the 2 year old. Check the website for scheduling an it is not playing everyday.
Tiffany F | Apr 20, 2018
My grandma used to go to this church in the early 1920's! I love this cathedral and it's beautiful inside and out. There is a light show called The Saga which tells a story of San Antonio using light and images and sounds. The show lasts around 30 minutes and starts around 9pm. I don't remember what days but you can find that information out on Google. There are small bistro tables nearby and some food trucks and eateries. Also located near the Riverwalk. If you love to walk and want to see the sights in downtown San Antonio make sure to stop by the cathedral.
Jennifer Jones | Jun 21, 2018
Just stunningly beautiful inside and out. But the night time laser show is the best. It’s so beautiful and the music played along with it adds the right touch. The laser show is a MUST see!!!!
Sharon Lucas | Aug 12, 2018
A beautiful historic Catholic church in the heart of San Antonio. This cathedral is beautiful inside and out. It claims to have the remains of the Texans who defended the Alamo, but that may be more myth than truth. Regardless of that, this historic church is worth a visit.
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