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Nestled within the La Villita Historic Arts Village, the Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza is dedicated to the city's celebrated former mayor. The plaza features his statue at the center and large open space surrounding it which is used as a venue for large scale festivals and events. This includes the fantastic annual Maverick Music Festival which sees a crowd of more than 2000 music lovers gather here to watch the performances of the local and national artists/ bands.
Originally the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo is by far the most famous historical site in Texas, playing a significant role in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico. Under the command of Col. William Travis, 189 Texan soldiers bravely defended this fort for 13 days before finally succumbing to Santa Anna's massive Mexican army in early 1836. The chapel and the Long Barrack are all that remains of the fort. Saved from civilian apathy by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the mission is now a museum containing relics from the era. Narrated tours are available.
The St Joseph Catholic Church is located in the Downtown San Antonio. Built in the 19th century, the church was preceded by another site of faith. This Roman Catholic Church is an active institute of faith. The church is built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture and is a spectacle of grandeur. An erstwhile religious site for German immigrants, it currently serves a diverse community of worshipers. The regular services are conducted in English, accompanied by mariachi music and occasional singing performance by the San Antonio Liederkranz. Check the website for information on mass timings and services.
While admiring the heritage attractions of Alamo, take out a few minutes and peek into the back courtyard and you will find a couple of gravestones honoring cats. Ruby and C.C. were two stray cats that took shelter in the Alamo compound. Their primary job was to take care of the rat menace. Ruby came in 1981 and passed away 1986, while C.C. took up the reins in 1996 and died in 2014. Both the cats were buried at the back of the courtyard where entry is restricted but the graves can easily be viewed from the gate.
The Southtown Art District is a unique cultural neighborhood in downtown San Antonio which has helped keep the performing and visual arts alive in the form of concerts, exhibitions and other events that are arranged all year around. A melting pot of races, nationalities, cuisines and more, this area is one that can't afford to be missed. Live music, food festivals and walks are a regular occurrence so check out the website for more on what this cultural precinct has to offer visitors.
What a sight to behold - glass-walled elevators ascend more than 500 feet (152.4 meters) to the observation deck, providing panoramic views of the city. Standing a total of 750 feet (228.6 meters) tall, the tower was constructed for HemisFair, the 1968 World's Fair and symbolizes the progress made by the people of the Western Hemisphere. Soaring as if calling out to the skies, this imposing tower watches over San Antonio's dynamic cityscape. The tower greatly frames the contemporary tenor of downtown San Antonio and is crowned by an observation deck and a revolving restaurant. A stunning embodiment of architectural magnificence, the Tower of the Americas is an indelible present-day landmark of the country.