Almo Plaza

As you face the stores across Alamo Street walk to your right or north until you are in front of the large white monument, known as the Cenotaph. The Cenotaph will be on your right.

Only one defender, Gregorio Esparza was allowed a Christian burial. The rest of the slain rebels were gathered and burned. As part of Texas’s Centennial in1936, plans were made to build a memorial for the Alamo Heroes. The form that was selected was called a “cenotaph,” which literally means “empty tomb.” In 1939, ground was broken for the monument in Alamo Plaza. Sculptor Pompeo Coppini designed the Cenotaph.
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Postcards Courtesy of Bruce Mackenzie Martin

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Almo Plaza


This mobile tour of historic Alamo Plaza would not have been possible without the assistance of many partners.

Dr. Bruce Winders, The Alamo Curator, Historian and Author

Gary L. Foreman, Native Sun Productions

George Nelson, Author of The Alamo: An Illustrated History

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas

State of Texas General Land Office

The Alamo Chapter #40, The Sons of the Republic of Texas

Bob Benavides, San Antonio Living History Association

City of San Antonio’s, Office of Historic Preservation

City of San Antonio’s, Center City Development Office

Images were provided by the following individuals and institutions:

Gary Foreman Photography/Model by Mark Lemon

The Alamo Collection, Artist Gary Zaboly

Mike Harris

The McNay Art Museum

George Nelson

Bruce Mackenzie Martin