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4 Stunning and Historically Rich Buildings to Go Have a Look at in San Antonio

Kate Feathers

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As everyone who lives in San Antonio very well knows, the city is full of beautiful places, from the famous River Walk to all the parks that are just wonderful to take a stroll in.

But what about the buildings? As you’ll see in this article, there is so much stunning architecture in San Antonio, and it would truly be a shame not to remind ourselves of it and cherish it. When you need some fresh air from being stuck at home in lockdown day and night, you might consider exploring the neighborhoods of San Antonio that have the honor of including the following beautiful buildings.

San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral

This cathedral is an absolute must-visit for anyone who ever comes to San Antonio. It’s also quite hard to miss as it stands in the center of the city on the Main Plaza, being both the cultural and the geographical heart of San Antonio.

The San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, as well as the seat of its archbishop. What’s more, it’s one of the oldest cathedrals in the USA and it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cathedral was designed by an architect called François Giraud who later became the mayor of San Antonio.

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Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

This building is a historic Catholic mission located in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. It’s absolutely stunning, which is why it’s such a popular place to get married or to have other sorts of celebrations.

The mission was founded in 1720 and a new church was built in 1768. It was built from limestone, which is very typical for San Antonio as there are many buildings and places in the city that were built using limestone. The reason for founding Mission San José was apparently the fact that another mission called Mission San Antonio de Valero was overcrowded with refugees from East Texas.

Mission San José is a United Nations World Heritage Site together with Mission Concepción and The Alamo. Its pastor at the moment is apparently Fr. Rogelio Martinez, OFM.

Hotel Havana

Moving on to hotels, Hotel Havana is a beautiful building to behold. It’s located on the North Riverwalk, which makes for an excellent view if you ever choose to book a room.

It was founded in 1914 when Edward Franz Melcher opened it. According to the hotel’s website, Melcher wanted to “recreate the tropical allure of the hotel’s Caribbean namesake.” And he was successful at this since the hotel’s surroundings are full of palm, cypress and magnolia trees, and the “Mediterranean Revival Style” he built the hotel in still retains its exotic allure.

The hotel is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tower of the Americas

The most modern building on this list is a 750-foot observation tower situated in Downtown San Antonio. It’s not built just for the view though – there’s also a revolving restaurant at the top, providing you with an amazing view of San Antonio as you dine. That just sounds amazing, if you ask me.

The Tower of the Americas is the 30th tallest building in Texas and the tallest building in all of San Antonio. It was designed by an architect O’Neil Ford and built for the 1968 World’s Fair (HemisFair ’68).

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Final Thoughts

There is so much to discover in San Antonio – the Botanical Garden, the San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens or the famous River Walk.

However, many things aren’t accessible at the moment because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which means that we’re left to fend for ourselves – if you’d like to go on a little walk and explore San Antonio a little further, the four buildings I mentioned are great to go have a look at.

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