Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Touring San Antonio Monuments

By Amanda Duff

Though the most renowned monument in San Antonio is the Alamo, but the town has 1 or 2 historical structures with an intriguing past. Monuments in San Antonio are typically connected to the Roman Catholic Church, which had deep roots here even before Texas became a state in the union.

Spanish Governor's Palace

Built in the early 1800s to defend the close by Alamo mission, it is the is an example of a Spanish nobleman's house in Texas. A sizeable one story stucco and masonry house, it bears the emblem of Spanish king Ferdinand at the entrance. Today it is open to the public and is maintained along with other San Antonio monuments by the San Antonio government authority.

San Fernando De Bexar Cathedralthe

This gigantic stunning cathedral goes back to the early 1700s, and is simply a few steps from the popular Riverwalk. It was here where Mexican general Santa Anna held his command center in the battle of the Alamo. San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest and steadily running church building in Texas.

Fort Sam Houston

Major among San Antonio monuments and also named for the very first president of the Republic of Texas, Fort Sam Houston was constructed in the 1870s. One of the original military installations, the compound includes about 900 historical buildings. Fort Sam Houston is where the division medic program was born, and today is the largest military medical training facility in the world.

Casa Navarro State Historical Park

Right in the middle of San Antonio, Casa Navarro was the home of Texas patriot Jose Antonio Navarro. This adobe and limestone home that was built in the 1850s, demonstrating his life as a merchant, cattle rancher and prominent San Antonio figure. Navarro was an early Tejano rights activist and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Concepcion Church

Still an active parish, the Concepcion Church looks like when it was founded about 200 years ago. It is one of 1 or 2 monuments in San Antonio that are a part of the consequential Spanish Missions. It is maintained by San Antonio in partnership with the local Roman Catholic diocese. Concepcion Church is part of the San Antonio Missions State Historical Park.

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