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Spanish Governor's Palace, San Antonio: 14 reviews and 31 photos

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This is not what one thinks of as a typical palace, but Texas was a wild and rustic country in 1749 when this building was constructed. Those who lived here were officials of Spanish Texas and used this as living and working quarters.

For a small donation, you can see how those of import lived. One of the first rooms you'll see was used as an office and sometimes bedroom of the governor. It could be accessed from the street when used for official business. When Moses Austin (see next tip) petitioned the governor to bring families to Texas, he came to this office.

Two additional bedrooms used by the family, were outfitted with the massive Spanish style furniture so identified with that culture (picture #3). A family living area and dining room, where many of the festivities occurred were of generous size. The dining room led to the chapel which held heavy carved wood pews, wrought iron candle stands and reliquary niche (picture #4).

A tiled courtyard sits to the rear of the building, where a lovely fountain resides. It would have been a pleasant place in which to sit, conduct business or while away the afternoon in the hot days of summer (picture #5).

Hours are Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun. 10 am-5pm.

Address: 105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio,Tx
Directions: Between Market Square and the Riverwalk on Commerce; across the plaza from City Hall
Phone: 210/224-0601
Website: http://www.sanantonio.gov/CCDO/parksplazas/governorspalace.aspx

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2008
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