Hemisfair park Hemisfair Park was built to host the 1968 Worlds Fair ● The Institute of Texan Culture was Texas Pavilion. ● The Mexican Cultural Institute was US Pavilion. ● The Tower of the Americas was the tallest observation tower in US till 1996.
Tower of the Americas The tallest building in San Antonio ● 750 foot-tall. ● Designed by ONeil Ford. ● The building that defines San Antonio skyline. ● At the top, there is a Restaurant and 4D movie theater. ● General admission $10.95 + taxes.
Riverwalk ● The Riverwalk contrunction began in 1926. ● The Riverwalks major extension was built for the 1968 Worlds Fair. ● The Riverwalk is a canal that help to prevent water floods. ● From 3 to 4 feet deep. ● Sidewalk in both sides. ● Useful way to move in Downtown because connect most of the turistic places. ● Its under the street level.
Riverwalk If you feel lazy to walk the Riverwalk, you can sail it! $8.50 tax included
The Alamo ● Originally, The Alamo was Mission San Antonio de Valero. ● In Mission San Antonio de Valero lived Spanish missioners with converted Indians. ● In early 1800 changed the name to The Alamo in honor to the town of Alamo de Parras, Coahuila, Mexico. ● When Mexico become independent from Spain, Texas become a mexican province.
The Alamo ● In December 1835, texan revolutionary volunteers occupied the Alamo. ● David “Davy” Crockett arrived to the Alamo on February, 9. ● On February 23, 1836, mexican army arrived to the Alamo and started a siege. ● William B. Travis wrote his famous letter “Victory or death” and sent couriers carrying pleas for help. ● On March 6, 1836, mexican army entered in the Alamo.
The Alamo The Alamo shrine The Alamo courtyard The Travis Letter
The Alamo The Alamo The heros William B. Travis Davy Crockett Jim Bowie
Riverwalk ● There are a lot of restaurants in the Riverwalk. ● Most of them are mexican. ● Most restaurants have street level and Riverwalk level. ● You can enjoy your lunch or dinner inside or outside. ● Friday and Saturday evenings the Riverwalk is very crowded. ● Some luxury hotels have access to Riverwalk. ● In the mornings, people use the Riverwalk to take a walk or jogging. ● The walking area is 2.5 miles long.
San Fernando Cathedral ● Founded in 1731 by Spanish settlers from Canary Islands. ● San Fernando Cathedral its the oldest, continously functioning religious community in Texas. ● The first building was a chruch and it was finished in 1749. ● The current building was finished in 1873. ● The façade is French Gothic style. ● The remains of the defenders of the Alamo are buried in the San Fernando Cathedral. ● The cathedral is also known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe. ● Santa Ana raises the flag of “no quarter” during the battle of the Alamo.
Spanish Governors Palace ● The building was constructed in 1722. ● In the Palace, the Spanish army had the first military presence in San Antonio. ● The building was the residence and office for captains of Spanish Army. ● The Palace has 10 rooms and a big courtyard with a fountain in the middle.
El Mercado● El Mercado is also know as Market Square.● Its a shopping area whre you can buy mexican handcrafts and from other countries.● Its the biggest mexican market in the US.● El Mercado is also the scene of many hispanic festivals. ● There are several mexican restaurants. ● On weekends, you can buy something to eat in the food spots. ● On weekends, you can listen mexican music in the permanent stage. ● Soon will reopen the Museo Alamedas with exhibitions and performances related with hispanic culture.
La Villita ● La Villita -smallville- was the first neighborhood in San Antonio. ● Was a settlement of Spanish soldiers living in huts. ● During the battle of the Alamo, Santa Ana installed his cannons in the area. ● Late in 19th century german and french immigrants moved to La Villita. ● La Villita has its own church -the little church-. ● Each house is a shop, gallery or restaurant.
More information and sources The Visit The Alamo http://www.thealamo.org Hemisfair http://www.hemisfair.org Riverwalk http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com San Fernando Cathedral http://www.sfcathedral.org Spanish Governors Palace http://bit.ly/for0YQ El Mercado http://www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare La Villita http://lavillita.com Lunch and Dinner Mi Tierra Café http://www.mitierracafe.com Bill Miller Bar-B-Q http://www.billmillerbbq.com Casa Rio http://www.casa-rio.com Schilos http://schilos.com Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HemisFair_68 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio_River_Walk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_San_Fernando http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Governors_Palace
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