The Alamo is perhaps the most famous historical landmark in the U.S. It is one of the most defining features of San Antonio. The Alamo is downtown on what's known as Alamo Plaza with the surrounding buildings bearing historical significance as well. Alamo Plaza is somewhat of a park in the fact that it serves as a gathering place for local San Antonians for numerous events. Alamo Plaza is the area directly in front of the Alamo situated in a boulevard type street layout. Parking is difficult on Alamo Plaza but surrounding lots and garages in the vicinity make the Alamo accessible by car.
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Brief Alamo History
The Alamo was the first of the Spanish missions to be built and was originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero. But its historical significance is more recognized by the battle that took place here in 1836 between 190 defenders (approximately) and around 2,000 soldiers from the Mexican Army. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836 after a long fight that began on February 23 of the same year. There are numerous sources of information containing information about this landmark and it's easy to find. A visit to the Alamo will enlighten visitors to its true historical significance. Being in the Alamo gives you the feel of "being" in history. The Alamo is cared for by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as appointed by the state legislature. Admission is free.
The Alamo is always the centerpiece of a tourists agenda and is often a reason in itself for visiting the Alamo city. One may say you have to go to the Alamo if you're going to San Antonio. That is for the most part true. I would say go at the right time and that would be when tourist crowds are small. But if you don't get to San Antonio often, or it's your only trip to the Alamo city, then a visit to this centerpiece of San Antonio history would be in order. Visitors will definitely remember the Alamo!
The Alamo is the location where members of the Order of the Alamo vote for the queen of Fiesta and is still today a location for pilgrimages honoring the fallen soldiers of the battle here in 1836. The Battle of Flowers parade route passes directly in front of the Alamo and each float pays homage by leaving a wreath or flowers with the honor guard standing in formation in front of the Alamo. Our city is proud of the Alamo's historical significance and we are revered by its past.