San Fernando Cathedral
The magnificent San Fernando Cathedral (115 Main Plaza, 210/227-1297, www.sfcathedral.org) was organized in 1731 by a group of Canary Island families, and has been a centerpiece of San Antonio ever since. This stunning building went through several incarnations before construction on its current Gothic Revival appearance was consecrated in 1873.
The enormous cathedral has a distinctive European feel, with lofty Gothic arches, a gilded 24-foot-tall altar, and gigantic stained-glass windows. People gather at the church throughout the day for tours, to light candles, pray in the pews, or simply sit in wonder as they gaze upon the serene surroundings.
The cathedral doesn’t function exclusively as a Catholic church; rather, it bills itself as “a center of unity and harmony for all the God-loving people of San Antonio and beyond,” drawing more than 5,000 parishioners to Mass every week.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition