San Fernando Cathedral also called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Candelaria and Guadalupe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is notable as one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. The original church was built between the years of 1738 and 1750. The walls of that church today form the sanctuary of the cathedral, which gives rise to its claim as the oldest cathedral in the State of Texas.
From the wedding of Jim Bowie, one of the defenders of the Alamo to a visit from the Pope, this cathedral, one of the oldest in the U.S., is filled with history. San Fernando Cathedral is a legacy of the first 15 families from the Canary Islands who settled San Antonio and founded the church, originally named Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe. When construction was completed, it was formally named after San Fernando. He was a 13th-century Spanish king who is largely credited with peaceful coexistence between Christians, Muslims and Jews throughout the Spanish empire. King Ferdinand was canonized in 1671.
More than 900 baptisms, 10 funerals and 10 weddings take place annually at San Fernando Cathedral.