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History Buffs

With San Antonio approaching its tri-centennial in 2018, there is no shortage of history to explore.  Of course we all remember The Alamo but that is just the tip of the iceberg!   Built before Texas was Texas and before the United States were united, 18th century Spanish priests established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River. Today, the five missions (Mission San Antonio de Valero - The Alamo, Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada) represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America and have recently been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a rare honor bestowed upon only 23 sites in the United States. The missions are the first World Heritage Site in Texas. 

Next door to the Alamo, visit the famous Menger Hotel, established in 1859 on the site of Texas’ first brewery, the hotel bar is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders.  

For a one-of-a-kind telling of San Antonio’s history, don’t miss San Antonio—The Saga, a world-class video art installation on the façade of San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest operating sanctuary in North America. It showcases a breathtaking visual journey through the history of San Antonio. Created by renowned French artist Xavier de Richemont, The Saga is his first outdoor art installation in the U.S. His other works can be seen in France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, and Canada.   Ongoing free shows each Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 9:00pm, 9:30pm, 10:00pm.

Now, with almost 300 years of history under its belt, there’s certainly a lot more history to explore in San Antonio.  Learn more>