Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Alamo - San Antonio's Treasure

The Alamo is one of the most popular attractions in Texas so I just had to include it on the San Antonio Savvy blog! Almost everyone has heard of the Alamo but some might not be up to speed on all of the historical facts and things to see there.

The Alamo was originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero, and the buildings along with the surroundings were used by missionaries that were converting the Native Americans living in the area.  This happened for nearly seventy years. In 1793 the five missions that were spread through San Antonio were split up and the land went to the resident Native Americans.  These families stayed on, farmed the fields and helped to grow what is now the prosperous community of San Antonio.

In the early 1800's The Alamo became a military fort.  This led to many battles occurring there with the most important one being The Battle of the Alamo which was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Because of this battle, the Alamo has come to symbolize heroic effort in honor of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. The Alamo became a huge part of bringing Texas into its position today as an American State.

Many events still happen at The Alamo and its surrounding areas including the vote for the queen of Fiesta by the Order of the Alamo.  The annual Battle of Flowers parade, one of the largest parades in the nation, passes right near the front door.  The Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughter of the Republic of Texas still hold a pilgrimage each year since 1925.

Things To Know When Visiting The Alamo

  • Admission is free and the complex is open from 9:00 A.M. - 5.30 P.M. each day and during the Summer until 7:00 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • There are five entrance gates to the Alamo and many choose to enter through the old church or modern shrine. Inside you can view artifacts such as David Crockett’s buckskin vest and a rifle used in the battle.
  • You can enjoy the Alamo Gardens with beautiful lawns and flower beds.
  • Discover the Wall of History which explains more about the Alamo’s 300 year long history.
  • Visit the Long Barrack Museum which features a film produced by The History Channel and an exhibit which explains the Alamo’s evolution from mission to fort and finally to Shrine.
  • A museum shop is located on the grounds where you can buy commemorative items and books on the history of the buildings and surrounding areas.

With all its rich history and so much to see, it is no wonder that the Alamo is an important landmark in San Antonio!

Carol Dintelman is the creator of and a Realtor at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. 

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