The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. It is now a museum in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA.
As of 2002, the Alamo welcomed over 4 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular historic sites in the United States. This was one of the two main tourist attractions that Justin brought me to San Antonio to see. After lunch along the beautiful River Walk, we returned to the street level and made our way to The Alamo.
The Alamo was the scene of a pivotal battle in the fight for the independence of Texas from Mexico. In the early 1800’s Texas belonged to Mexico. During the Texas war for independence from Mexico, Spanish troops occupied the abandoned building, now used as a fortress, calling it Alamo. The álamo is Spanish for cottonwood (a type of tree that grows in the area).
In 1863, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, Col. William B. Travis, and almost 200 other Texan volunteers occupied the Alamo. After unsuccessfully defending the Alamo for 13 days against an army of thousands of Mexican soldiers, the Texas died on March 6, 1836.
I am crazy about huge trees, so every time we see one, I tell Justin that I want to marry him underneath it. Each time I say this, he says, “One day we’ll come back”. It seems that after our wedding in South Africa, we will be marrying over and over again under many gorgeous trees around the world 😉
The walls of the Alamo are about 2 feet (0.61m) thick!!
This beautiful building is the gift shop.
What a beautiful walkway!
Relaxing in a peaceful courtyard on the Alamo grounds.
Behind the Alamo Chapel
(Sorry, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the chapel).
From the Alamo gardens we could see the Emily Morgan Hotel.
Posing by the Alamo stone walls.
The grounds were quiet, even though there were a number of people strolling around. We found a pond with koi fish, a bench area with birds feeding in the trees above, and pathways leading through neatly kept gardens.
Fountain outside the library.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
This is part of the Alamo complex. It was closed on the day that we were there, but it is supported and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for the use of all the researchers.