Although construction did not begin until 1749, this cathedral was established in 1731 by the Canary/Spanish Islanders, who sought to build their own place of worship. It is one of the oldest cathedral sanctuaries in the United States. The famous Alamo defender James Bowie was married here and during the siege of the Alamo Santa Anna used it as an observation post. Notable historic figures Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett are buried here. The cathedral still draws huge crowds for Mass and always welcomes visitors.
The cornerstone of St. Mark's was laid in 1859, but the onset of the Civil War delayed construction. Work resumed in 1873 and the first service was held on Easter Sunday in 1875. An interesting note about St. Mark's Episcopal Church is that Lyndon Baines Johnson and Claudia "Lady Bird" Taylor were wed at this location on November 17, 1934. This was also the first Episcopal Cathedral built west of the Mississippi River. The first Sunday service is the 7:45a Holy Eucharist. At 8a, breakfast is offered for a small charge, while another Holy Eucharist is offered at 9a. The children's chapel is also in service at 9a. At 10:10a, an all-age-group Sunday School is offered. The third Holy Eucharist takes place at 11a and is followed by 'Tea Under the Trees'. If you are looking for a traditional Episcopalian service in a very historical church, this may be just the place for you to visit.
A popular dining place, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery has established a place for itself in the minds of diners due to its fabulous food and creative brews that are prepared onsite. Take a quick tour of the brewery and then sit back and enjoy the food put together by Chef Jeff Balfour. Each of the beers created by Les Locke has a distinct flavor that stands out from the others. A special favorite is the Smoke on the Water that is recommended to be enjoyed along with Boiled Shrimp and Pork Jowl. Plenty of outside-seating also allows diners to enjoy the fine weather.
If you are looking for a contemporary Christian church service, then BRCC might just be the place for you. Pastor David Saathoff delivers messages from the Bible and relates them to today's society. BRCC's demographic is younger than most churches. The services use PowerPoint slides as well as video and visual presentations to help convey the message, and the music has a definite rock flair. BRCC may not cater to the traditional church-going crowd, but in this case that's not necessarily a bad thing. Casual attire is accepted, and even encouraged, and the music leans more towards rock and roll (no traditional organ/piano music here). BRCC also has a children's program called Promised Land, which runs concurrent with the adult service.
Established on March 2, 1879, this church forms an integral part of the history of La Villita. No particular denomination met here consistently, but it continues to exist, and is the favorite local wedding venue. The church also supports and hosts the Starving Artist Art Gallery's annual show—so whether you wish to wed or enter your art-work in the event, call to register!
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, across from Travis Park, this beautiful church was home to the first United Methodist congregation in the city. Built in the mid-19th century, Travis Park United Methodist Church features a double-aisled sanctuary, finely detailed stained glass windows and majestic spires. Served by an ordained minister, Travis Park United Methodist Church welcomes people of all faiths for Sunday worship.
The oldest Presbyterian church in the city, its services draw members and visitors from all neighborhoods. As the mission states, members believe they are called "to proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed, so that we and all people, far and near, will come to trust Him as Lord and Savior, be motivated to practice His teaching in every area of life, and discover here a community of service in order to be a visible sign of God's love for all people. The church's day care center is one of the best in the city, with a strong curriculum and highly qualified teachers; as a result, the waiting list is long.
Crockett Park’s origins as a public square date back to 1875. North Main Avenue divides this 5.3-acre (2.14-hectare) landscape into two halves, thus giving it a nickname of Twin Parks. It is a great recreational spot for locals and is equipped with a playground. Their gazebo can be rented out for private functions. The San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival is a popular event held here. Other park features include sidewalks, jogging tracks and fountains.