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April 21, 2015

The Alamo

The Alamo in San Antonio is also known as The Alamo Mission. It was founded in the 18th century and was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero. The Roman Catholic mission is now part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site. The site is well known for its historical significance as the Battle of the Alamo was fought here in 1836. The mission traces its history back to the 18th century when the Spanish government established it. Initially the mission complex was used for religious purposes, including the conversion of area locals. It was later also used for military purposes. Its role in the Battle of the Alamo is historically significant. The complex has also been used for mercantile purposes such as for running a wholesale grocery business.

The church was sold to the State of Texas for $20,000 in 1883. There had been several disputes regarding the ownership and restoration of the site.
Currently, The Alamo is a popular tourist destination in San Antonio. You can visit the chapel which has been restored.

One of the best ways to learn about the mission’s past is at the museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District. The museum provides comprehensive details about the history of the site through various paintings, artworks and weapons belonging to the time of the Texas Revolution. There is also a large mural depicting the history of the Alamo from its mission times until now. One of the major highlights of the museum is the British rock star Phil Collins collection, which includes priceless Alamo and Texana artifacts.

On your visit to the museum, you may want to stop by The 77 T’s  Shop that offers a wide range of souvenirs, gun exhibit guides, t-shirts and much more.

If you relly want to get down to details you should book a private sighseeing guided tour. To view tour plans click here

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