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The Alamo one of 5 Beautiful Spanish Missions

Welcome to San Antonio! Come here to see the famous Alamo, a Spanish Mission where a battle took place in 1836. Also visit our other four beautiful Spanish Missions, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, Mission Concepcion, and Mission Espada. Each Spanish Mission is unique and offers a different museum to see with historic artifacts from the 1700s and 1800s. During certain times of the year events are held at the Spanish Missions. See below for events.

Alamo

The Alamo Chapel is preserved by the Daughters of the Texas Republic. Visit the chapel and the long barracks to view historic artifacts from the 1800s. Learn about the heros who laid down their lives at the Battle at the Alamo. The Alamo is the first mission established in San Antonio. Inside see relics and photographs in the Long Barrack Museum. An Alamo history presentations occurs every 30 minutes starting at 9:30am and ending at 4:30pm with a 2 hour break during lunch hours of 11am till 1:00pm. Also, audio tours are available for purchase at $6.00 that last for 45 minutes.

The Alamo is located on 300 Alamo Plaza. The Alamo is located in the center of downtown San Antonio, near the River Walk. Click here for more information on the Alamo.

More Alamo Experience

See an Alamo diorama that gives a perspective of the battle and compound during that time at the History Shop. The History Shop is right across the street from the Alamo on Houston Street.

Experience the span of the battlefield by traveling from the Alamo to the San Fernando Cathedral. At the San Fernando Cathedral, Santa Anna raised the red flag of no quarter, beginning the 13-day Alamo siege.

Alamo history

Built back in 1724, the mission was first called Mission San Antonio de Valero. Used by missionaries and Indian converts for seven decades. In the early 1800s Spanish soldiers referred the mission as the "Alamo" in honor of their hometown " Alamo de Parras" .

The legendary "Battle of the Alamo" took place on February 23, 1836. The battle lasted 13 days with 200 defenders of the Alamo against General Santa Anna troops. The battle is known as the struggle for freedom against tyranny from General Santa Anna. Known defenders of the Alamo were commander, William B. Travis, knife fighter, Jim Bowie, and David Crockett, popular frontiersman and former congressman of Tennessee. The battle ended March 6, 1836, when Santa Anna claimed victory of the Alamo. General Santa Anna promised no quarter before he commanded the final attack. A month later Sam Houston, a commander of a Texan Army, shouted "Remember the Alamo!" when they routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. For more information go to the Alamo Website.

more Spanish missions

Five Missions in San Antonio were built along the San Antonio River back in the early 1700s.

The Alamo (1718) The first and most widely known of these missions was San Antonio de Valero, known also as the Alamo.

San Jose (1720) The largest mission in San Antonio. It was used as a sanctuary and a community area for more than 300 Indians back in the old days. The mission to this day offers a Mariachi Mass on Sundays. The visitor center offers a 20 minute movie, a book shop and museum.
San Juan (1731) Romaneque structures, and a nature trail that leads to the river.
Concepcion (1731) this is the best preserved of the Texas missions. Known for its beautiful mission church.
Espada (1731) This mission is known for its best preserved acequia (irrigation system) that was used to provide water to the fields.

Other important cultural resources included are the historic Espada Dam and Aqueduct, and the Rancho de las Cabras. Click here for more information on the San Antonio Spanish Missions.

Events

February
Glory at the Alamo
The beginning of the Alamo Siege - Alamo Plaza, Saturday, February 27, 2010. from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Free event. Shows the event of the arrival of General Santa Anna's forces in Bejar , the attempted truce, the opening solvos in the siege and the battle of the Alamo.

March
Dawn at the Alamo
Friday March 6,2010 from 6-7am. In Alamo Plaza. Free event. Pre - dawn commemorative ceremony honoring the fallen on both sides of the Alamo conflict. SALHA members, joined by re-enactors from across the U.S., represent both armies and pay homage in recognition of the great sacrifices made on both sides of the Alamo conflict. Thirteen candles are lit to symbolize the 13-day Alamo siege. The fall of the Alamo is remembered with a historical narrative, readings of eyewitness accounts, a reconciliation peace prayer, in both English and Spanish, flintlock musket volley salutes, and the placement of commemorative wreathes complete the solemn event. This free hour-long event begins during the Alamo battle hour that begins in darkness and ends in early morning light. Participation with wreaths is welcomed from Alamo descendants, historical organizations, students and other visitors.

March
Remembering the Alamo
For God and Texas; Dios y Libertad. Free in Alamo Plaza. Event is dramatization of the events that happened the final two days back in March 5 and 6 of 1836, a 13 day Alamo siege by General Santa Anna's Army played out in Alamo Plaza. A special arrival of the Gonzales Thirty-two.