The Retalbo of the Main Altar
church was completed in 1749 and the original walls still stand today
forming what is now the sanctuary (the area around and behind the
altar). These walls are the oldest still standing original structure
in the State of Texas.
Retalbo on the altar is pictured to the right. It is centered by Christ
on the cross surrounded by figures of the Prophets Matthew, Mark,
John. The golden art piece was created by a group of 10 artists in
Fernando Cathedral is the oldest active cathedral in the United States
and has already celebrated 275 years of service.
dome of the original church was the geographic center of the city. An inlaid plus in front of the altar marks the starting point for measuring all surveying in San Antonio.
the Cathedral remains a center of life for the Catholic population of San Antonio.