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    Alamo Mission

    by KiKitC Written Jan 21, 2010

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    In 1724, the Mision San Antonio de Valero, now known as the Alamo, was establsihed by Franciscan friars to convert local Indians to Christianity and help maintain Spanish control over the region. For nearly 70 years, the Alamo was a thriving village and mission.

    When Valero was desecularized in 1793, the lands were distributed to Indian converts from the missions, who continued to farm the lands and contributed to the origination of San Antonio.

    The Alamo is most known for its role in the Texas Revolution, where in the early morning of March 6, 1836, a small band of Texans held off the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna for thirteen days. American heroes, such as James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis lost their lives in this historic battle. These sacrifices empowered the Texan Army, led by Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacito on April 21, 1836, where "Remember the Alamo" became the war cry.

    Today, visitors can still explore the centuries of history this little mission holds.

    "The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission) is a former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas located at 300 Alamo Plaza. The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. After its abandonment as a mission, it was used as a fortress in the 19th century and was the scene of several military actions, including most notably the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, one of the pivotal battles between the forces of the Republic of Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution."
    ~ Wikipedia

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    It's Hard to Forget the Alamo

    by spgood301 Written Dec 26, 2008

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    The Alamo is the very symbol of San Antonio; indeed of Texas freedom itself. I'm sure you know the story of the battle at the Alamo. Movies have been made about this very famous battle in 1836, which sowed the seeds of the creation of the Republic (now, State) of Texas.

    The first thing I noticed about this official Texas state shrine is that it's literally in the middle of the city. Those of us who have seen the movies probably expect it to be in the middle of this vast open space. It's actually a part of the city itself, across the street from a Ripley's Museum (not what Davy Crockett was thinking, no doubt). The city grew up around the Alamo.

    The main building of this former Spanish mission, the shrine, is a very reverent place, quite informative too. It has many displays & artifacts on the history of the Alamo, the battle itself, and a salute to all states and countries where men came from to fight in this battle. No picture taken is permitted inside the shrine. The rest of the Alamo property includes well-manicured gardens, other buildings you may be interested in, and a gift shop. The day I visited, they had displays of the weaponry and music of the times on the Alamo grounds. Walk around the grounds, take as much or as little time as you'd like. You can buy a set of headphones and plug into a narrated tour too.

    Admission is free, and it's open everyday but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Alamo is usually on of the first stops on anyone's visit to San Antonio. It has a special place in the hearts of most Americans and, especially, Texans.

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    Remember the Alamo

    by Dabs Written Oct 4, 2008

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    I must confess that I really had no idea of the history behind the Alamo and though I had planned on reading up on it before I went to Texas I never got around to it. So I was glad that we ran across a park ranger giving a talk about what had actually happened leading up to, during and after March 6, 1836 when the Alamo fell to the Mexican troops led by Santa Ana.

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    La Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo)

    by ATXtraveler Written May 18, 2008

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    Lets face it, 9 times out of 10, the main attraction that draws you to a town is going to be the Alamo when it comes to San Antonio. The Alamo is a famous former mission turned battle ground that is near and dear to many Texans. The reason it is so dear is that this was the true beginning to the war of Independence from Mexico, when Santa Ana’s troops numbering in the thousands were held in check by 189 brave Texans (some were from Tennessee, but anyone who lays down his life for Texas is a Texan in my book). The 189 brave souls were able to keep Santa Ana occupied while General Sam Houston rallied troops to defend Texas, who eventually defeated Santa Ana months later. The 189 sacrificed all, as not a man survived, which is why those men are heroes in Texas. The cry “Remember the Alamo” is still something near and dear to Texans. This place is so special to Texans, that accused artist Ozzy Ozborne was forbidden to hold a concert anywhere in Texas after he was caught urinating on the building. Also, despite his best attempts, Pee Wee Herman was never able to find his bicycle in the basement at the Alamo (since there is not a basement). Overall, this historical site is well worth the time spent, and there were surely be a lot learned.

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    Alamo Plaza and the Alamo Cenotaph

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 28, 2008

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    Located in Alamo Plaza, the small park between the Alamo and Alamo Street is the Alamo Cenotaph...(how many Alamos can you squeeze into a single coherent sentence?). Little did I know when I visited, the Cenotaph was created way back in 1939. Greek for "empty tomb," the Cenotaph stands where many believe the surviving Alamo defenders were killed and burned. It is engraved with the names of those who died here and has carvings of many of the more famous defenders such as Crockett and Bowie. The sculptor, Italian Pompeo Coppini, also has other carvings in the city.

    The Cenotaph stands at the northern end of the Alamo Plaza. This plaza is the heart of the city's history and entertainment areas, siting in the center of the Riverwalk, Rivercenter Mall, the Spurs Arena, the Alamo of course, and numerous other historic buildings in downtown San Antonio.

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    Visit The Alamo early in the morning

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 26, 2008

    The city bus cost $1 for a ride to the stop by the Alamo. We arrived early in the morning and found very few people there. We enjoyed the outside gardens tremendously and also listened to a historical story by a guide about the events that happened here in 1836. There is a good movie to view for no charge before starting the inside visit.
    Originally a mission, San Antonio de Velaro later became known as The Alamo. It was originally constructed as the first of five missions in the San Antonio area.
    There is no charge for admission at The Alamo or the other four missions.
    We spent over 2 hours here so don't be in a hurry when you visit.

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    The Alamo

    by Tdawg40sw Written Apr 17, 2008

    I have to say I am glad I got to see the Alamo, but after years of conditioning of countless Alamo movies I have to say it was not what I was expecting. I did not expect urbanization to have encroached up to the walls of the Alamo. I always kinda expected to have at least a little space between the walls and the city. That is really the only thing I was disappointed in, but then again, when is anything like what you see in the movies. I still recommend seeing the Alamo if you have the chance.

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    The Alamo history

    by GUYON Updated Apr 12, 2008

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    Regularly, a volunteer of the visitors bureau tells the story of the Battle. He glorifies the role of each protagonist and finishes with a note of glory. Very moving.

    I did not shoot indoor pictures in the Alamo because it was prohibited and even I am an unruly Frenchman I did not dare to take one.

    Nearby, in the RiverCenter, the Imax proposes a re-enactment film (45 min) for 8$. at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, 7PM.

    I have recorded the 2 films about Alamo : the one of John Wayne which is far from the truth and the more recent one (2004) which fits better with history .

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    The Alamo

    by klj&a Written Mar 15, 2008

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    Truthfully at first glance my first impression was, "Is that it?" I was picturing a huge fortress. The fact that it is a part of this country's history makes it a must see. It's free and has various actors dressed in the period walking about. You just need about 30 minutes at the most.

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    burial site of the battle of the alamo

    by doug48 Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    pictured is a plaque on the burial site of the texans killed at the battle of the alamo. since there were so many killed they were cremated on this spot and their ashes buried. this historic spot is located on the south side of commerce street between alamo and bowie streets across from the rivercenter mall. of the millions of visitors to the alamo only a handful of people see this obscure site.

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    the alamo

    by doug48 Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    the alamo is the most famous and most visited site in san antonio. the alamo (san antonio de valero mission) was built by the spanish in 1744. the sanctuary and adjacent buildings served as a school for indians and for their conversion to christianity. the alamo was abandoned by the spanish in 1793 and it became a fortress. the alamo became world famous in 1836 as the site of the battle of the alamo between the republic of texas and mexico. admission is free.

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    Nothing makes Texans more proud....

    by msbrandysue Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Visiting the Alamo is a very special thing for Texans. I went when I was a child but nothing ever meant more than after I had just taught the lesson to my second grade class. To stand in a room where women and children were kept during the battle, or to look at the clothes Davey Crockett wore the week he gave his life for my state, it just brings many realizations to you.

    The Alamo is a wonderful piece of heroic history. Although we lost we will never forget the men who gave their life for our state. In the words of Sam Houston, "REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!!"

    PS....There's a WONDERFUL gift shop!!!

    Yes, I took that :) Me at the Alamo Letter of the Alamo THE LINE! Monument across the street

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    A Monument To Heroes

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    As you walk towards the Alamo, you'll see a looming monument outside its doors. It was designed by architects Adams and Adams and executed by sculptor, Pompeo Coppini. It was commissioned by the Texas Centennial Commission and presented (1939) as a memorial to those men who lost their lives in the Battle of Alamo.

    This sculpture is referred to as the Alamo Cenotaph and contains all the names of those who died. A cenotaph is erected to honor a person or persons whose remains are elsewhere or unknown.

    The base of the monument is 12' x 40' and comprised of Texas pink granite, while the sculpture itself is of gray Georgian marble and rises 60 feet. The theme of the piece is "Spirit of Sacrifice" and depicts a figure rising from the grave. Beneath this figure, heroes of the Alamo and of Texas encircle the monument.

    See picture #2 for a more detailed look of the Texas heroes.

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    Tour The Alamo

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    We were in our glory to finally be able to see The Alamo. The Mision San Antonio de Valero (1718)--later known as the Alamo-- was the first of five missions constructed in the early 1700's in an area first claimed by Spain. The mission was home to Spanish missionaries and their Native Indian converts for twenty years, then later used by a Spanish calvary unit in the early 1800's.

    Today the Alamo comprises a little over four acres and is the top tourist attraction in Texas. Thousands flock here each year to see where a small number of Texian and Tejano's held out for thirteen days against an overwhelming force of Mexican soldiers led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

    From what I've read, the Texas Revolution began when the government reneged on an agreement allowing settlers from outside this territory to occupy the land. Efforts were made to push them out and the settlers rebelled. Ben Milam in 1835 led Texian and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops stationed in San Antonio. After searching the town and fighting house to house, General Martin Perfecto de Cos and his soldiers were forced to surrender.

    This defeat could not be tolerated, so in 1836 Santa Anna surprised the patriots at the Alamo. Commander William Travis pleaded for help to the surrounding communities of Texas, but only 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived--bringing the total force to less than 200.

    The thirteen day siege ended in a massacre of the Texian and Tejano holdouts. Santa Anna eventually was defeated himself in April 1836.

    There is no charge for admission. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 9am-5:30 pm; Sun. 10am-5:30 pm. Open daily except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A large gift shop has many souvenirs plus a postage machine for your postcards--you can mail your cards/letters and have them postmarked from the ALAMO.

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    Visit the Alamo but don't spend too much time here

    by dtimoske Written Jan 1, 2008

    Sure, you've got to visit the Alamo because it's where Davy Crockett fought against the Mexican Army under General Santa Anna. This is a must stop and a great place to take a photo, but many tourists are disappointed by the Alamo. There's a museum inside, but you really only need about 30 minutes to take in the experience.

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