Culture in San Antonio

Culture in San Antonio


The culture in San Antonio reflects the history of one of the state’s oldest and largest cities. Located in the regional and cultural divide between South and Central Texas, there are plenty of different cultures found within the city. Founded as a Spanish outpost and the first civil settlement in Texas, San Antonio is heavily influenced by Mexican American culture. Texas, having formerly been part of Mexico and before that, the Spanish Empire. The city also has significant German, Southern, and African American cultural influences as well. San Antonio offers a host of culturally significant events, restaurants and nightlife in South Texas for residents as well as visitors.

 Below are a few locations of must-see sites to add to your list. Don’t forget to Follow The Quarry so we can see your pictures!

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a nationally recognized historic park as well as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Preserving four out of the five Spanish frontier missions, aside from the most famous of them. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives.
From north to south  the missions are Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. 

The fifth and best known mission in San Antonio The Alamo, but is not apart of the park. It is located upstream from Mission Concepción, in the heart of downtown.

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The Spanish Governors Palace

This National Historic Landmark represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. Traditionally known as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, it was the original residence and office for the captains of the military garrison. It held this role from 1722 through the early 1800’s. Come learn Texas’s earliest history under Spanish rule. Tour the rooms furnished with Spanish Colonial period pieces all while being delighted with the beautifully landscaped gardens in the courtyard.