Almo Plaza
The Church

Walk to the green space in front of the church, stop, and face the church

The façade that you see before you mostly was not the original design of the Spanish church. Like other mission churches, it would have had tall bell towers on either side and a domed roof at its center. Inadequate construction eventually led to the collapse of the upper wall sections and whatever roof was there. By the time of the 1836 battle, the church was a roofless ruin. The familiar curvilinear parapet was placed there by the U.S. Army for a Quartermaster’s Depot 14 years later to hide the new gable roof line.
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front of shrine Courtesy of The Alamo Collection, Artist Gary Zaboly

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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