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Spanish Governor's Palace

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Address: 105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, TX
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+1 210-224-0601
09:00 - 17:00
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Adobe building built in the mid-1700s for the Spanish presidio, now a major...

Adobe building built in the mid-1700s for the Spanish presidio, now a major tourist attraction.

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Fascinating building beautifully presented

Just a short walk from San Fernando Cathedral is the Spanish Governors Palace. A bargain at $5. It's loverly to explore the rooms built mainly in the 1700s all of which are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a short walk from San Fernando Cathedral is the Spanish Governors Palace. A bargain at $5. It's loverly to explore the rooms built mainly in the 1700s all of which are furnished!and have a sign telling you how they were used. It really takes you back 300 years from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is also... More 

Thank Stuart C
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

On our way to Market Square, we passed by the Spanish Governor's Palace, and thought we would stop for a visit. It is not at all how you would visualize a palace; as a matter of fact, it is a rather small attraction. It has several rooms displaying period furniture. The docent explained how some of the rooms were added... More 

Thank Roving-Saint
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This historic site is a great reminder that San Antonio was part of Spain... before it was Mexico, before it was Texas, before it was part of the US. "Palace" is a bit of a stretch for this building. It is a lovely adobe home with a charming walled garden out back. If you like history, don't miss this stop... More 

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Lovely docent gave us some instructional material for a personal walking tour. One level, various rooms and garden (wish it were in bloom). Small stop near the cathedral or walk to the market square. Right behind city hall. Street not busy at all. Not sure of parking, as took the hop on bus which stops here.

Thank EaZexcursions
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Quaint, super historic little place to visit. Dates back to San Antonio's early Spanish history days, from the double headed eagle Keystone over the entrance to the beautiful fountain in the courtyard. Laid back history no doubt. It's hard to compete with all of San Antonio's other tourist hot spots like the Alamo (not to mention the other 4 Spanish... More 

Thank Jeffery P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

The Spanish Governor’s Palace, a National Historic Landmark, represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. The presidio was built in the mid-1700s as a result of the rivalry between Spain and France for control of the territory. To guard against the French advancing further into Texas, the Spanish built the presidio, or fort. Although known... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Unlike so many historical sites that have been recreated, the Spanish Governor's Palace - perhaps more appropriately hacienda or manor house - had a good feeling about it insofar as it was the genuine historical site with as much original content depicting way of life and level of artifacts of the period. Wander the rooms from the original frontage with... More 

Thank northernneckinn
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Spanish Governor's Place is a historical building. It is also used for special dinners. A must see when you visit San Antonio.

Thank Patricia G
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

My wife (girlfriend) & I visited in 1981 & found it closed ! Fast forward 35 yrs & take Two , yep, Closed again !! Either way, it is a beautiful little Palace, well maintained , cheap to visit (when open !) and worth a look at , even only from outside ! Cool Courtyard & shaded Fountain. Maybe take... More 

Thank Skeney57
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

The Governor's Palace is a few blocks from the River Walk so very accessible. The architecture and furnishes are well preserved. I especially enjoyed speaking with the staff, Miss Glenda. She was entertaining and informative.

Thank James K

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