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Culture of San Antonio. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

San Antonio, TX The Alamo Mission Fortress is the main historical symbol of the city and the most important landmark of Texas. The history of this outstanding structure is very unusual. It is the former Mission San Antonio de Valero . The construction of the Catholic mission started in 1744, shortly after the foundation of the new city by Spanish settlers. A noteworthy fact - the mission was not completed. At the end of the 18th century, it became fully desolated. In the early 19th century, the building was converted into the barracks for the Mexican soldiers. The fortress was used as barracks until 1835. It is believed that it were Mexican soldiers who gave the building a new name. For a long time, the building served various military purposes, but it was seriously damaged during hostilities. The rebuilding works started in 1912. Today, the partially restored mission is the main symbol of Texas independence.
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The picturesque promenade of San Antonio River Walk is another prominent attraction of the city. It stretches along the San Antonio River and remains the most popular tourist district. The coastline is almost completely given to pedestrians. Many popular hotels, restaurants, trendy boutiques, and nightclubs are open in this part of the city. As a rule, travelers enjoy making a stroll on the promenade in the evening, when original artistic lighting illuminates the waterfront. It is also worth noting that there are several important cultural centers close to the coastline, including the La Villita Historic Arts Village and the Arneson River Theater . The construction of the waterfront began in 1939. Nowadays, its length is almost 5 kilometers.
The Museum of Modern Art or McNay Art Museum is one of the most unusual cultural centers of the city. It is the first cultural institution of this kind in the state of Texas. The Museum regularly holds interesting exhibitions devoted to works of local artists. Travelers keen on ancient architecture should take a walk through the picturesque district of King William . This part of the city features a number of spectacular buildings in Victorian style. Wealthy immigrants from Spain built their elegant mansions in the district. Spanish Governor's Palace is one of the most fabulous and spectacular buildings in the area. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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San Antonio is not deprived of unique modern monuments, and one of these landmarks is located in the territory of the scenic Hemisphere Park. It is the Tower of the Americas , height of which is 229 meters. The tower has two great observation decks that vacationers will find interesting to visit, as well as an attractive restaurant with a panoramic view. In the immediate vicinity of the main historical monument of the city, tourists will find another landmark - San Antonio Missions National Historical Park . It’s the place where visitors can see four Catholic missions. These are the only religious missions that have managed to survive and retain their original meaning over the years of long battles.
San Antonio The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum is another unusual cultural institution. This restaurant-museum truly looks like an original museum, which exhibition is devoted to the Wild West. Finally, San Fernando Cathedral should be mentioned as one of the main religious attractions in the city. It is also one of the oldest buildings in San Antonio.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in San Antonio

The Alamo
Where: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 225 1391;
River Walk
Where: 110 Broadway, Suite 440, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 227 4262;
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
Where: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 534 8833;
La Villita Historic Arts Village
Where: 418 Villita Street, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 207 8611;
SeaWorld San Antonio
Where: 10500 Sea World Dr, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 800 700 7786;
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Where: 17000 IH 10 West, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 697 5050;
Tower of the Americas
Where: 600 HemisFair Park, San Antonio; Telephone: +1 210 223 3101;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near San Antonio
♥   Palace 'Casa Salazar' , 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in San Antonio and around
♥   Art museum 'Briscoe Western Art Museum' San Antonio, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Artpace' San Antonio, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Blue Star Contemporary Art Center' San Antonio, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'San Antonio Museum of Art' San Antonio, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'McNay Art Museum' San Antonio, 7.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near San Antonio
♥   Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, San Antonio, 4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio, 10.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mission San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio, 12.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of San Antonio

Culture guide to San Antonio. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in San Antonio: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in San Antonio. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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