Spanish Governor's Palace, San Antonio

Spanish Governor's Palace, San Antonio

The Spanish Governor's Palace in downtown San Antonio is a historic adobe dating back to the Spanish Texas period. This is the last visible trace of the 18th-century colonial Presidio San Antonio de Béxar complex, and is the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic Spanish Colonial in-town residence.

The building was planned as early as 1722 but was completed only in 1749. The keystone above its front entrance is marked with the coat-of-arms of Spanish King Ferdinand VI and the date 1749. Initially, it served as residence and working offices for the local presidio captain, and later, became the home of the Spanish governors who lived in San Antonio. Eventually, the palace became the capitol building of the Texas region of Spanish Texas in 1772, and was originally intended to protect the area's missions, including that of San Antonio de Valero Mission (The Alamo) and the growing Spanish colony.

The one-story masonry and stucco structure features ten rooms, a grand courtyard and a fountain, and is alleged to be haunted.

The National Geographic Society described the palace as "the most beautiful building in San Antonio"; in 1970 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The building is currently maintained by the City of San Antonio and is open to the public as a museum.
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Sight Name: Spanish Governor's Palace
Sight Location: San Antonio, USA (See walking tours in San Antonio)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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