Historic Spanish Governors Palace in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio History

San Antonio, Texas draws tourists from near and far and for good reason. It is a very historic city as well as a beautiful one.

Obviously the first thing to visit in San Antonio for most people coming to this city is undoubtedly The Alamo. But for those who wish to delve a bit deeper and see more of the historic structures, the Spanish Governor's Palace should be put on your "must see" list of places.

This adobe structure may not look like much on the outside, but once one walks through the beautiful hand carved doors, the splendor of its furnishings inside as well as the beautiful courtyard and gardens...one realizes that this was a premier structure in its day and time.


Inside of Spanish Govenors Palace in San Antonio, Texas. Built 1749

Inside of Spanish Govenors Palace in San Antonio, Texas. Built 1749
Inside of Spanish Govenors Palace in San Antonio, Texas. Built 1749 | Source

30 second view of the Spanish Governor's Palace

Spanish Rule in Texas

The Spanish Governor's Palace is now a museum and is operated by the City of San Antonio.

Located in the downtown area...the address is 105 Military Plaza.

At one time Spain ruled over Texas and this was the home of the governors who ruled at that time. It consists of 10 rooms and the date of 1749 is carved over the entrance arch.

The walls are about three feet thick and it has beamed ceilings. The thickness of the walls would have helped to keep the structure cool in the heat of the Texas summers.

One of the rooms is a chapel and it houses religious artifacts. There is also a ballroom!


Inside of the Spanish Governor's Palace

Inside of Spanish Govenors Palace in San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1749, the adobe structure formerly served as the residence and headquarters for the captain of the Spanish presidio.
Inside of Spanish Govenors Palace in San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1749, the adobe structure formerly served as the residence and headquarters for the captain of the Spanish presidio. | Source

Spanish Governor's Palace location...105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, Texas

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Photo of me at Spanish Governor's Palace in 1970

I am seated on the stone fountain in the middle of the courtyard.
I am seated on the stone fountain in the middle of the courtyard.

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The furnishings consist of hand crafted furniture as well as some antiques that were brought over from Spain.

The patio has a fountain in the center and I actually used a photo of it for a painting that I created many years ago.

Tall banana trees sway in the warm breezes with other lush foliage embellishing the patio and gardens.

There is a small charge to enter this site, but it is well worth it in my opinion.

Be sure and visit the Governor's Palace if you are looking for things to do and see while visiting San Antonio.

Site Plan - Spanish Governor's Palace

Site Plan - Spanish Governor's Palace, 105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX
Site Plan - Spanish Governor's Palace, 105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX | Source

Spanish Governor's Palace

Weddings and Wedding Receptions


This is one of many San Antonio sites used for weddings or wedding receptions and personally I think that the courtyard would be a glorious location for such a ceremony.

The Spanish facade and stone masonry contrasting with the verdant and lush foliage would certainly make for a pretty background for such ceremonies or even the taking of wedding photographs.

I wonder just how many brides and grooms have used this site through the years?

Spanish Military Governors Palace exterior in San Antonio

Spanish Military Governors Palace exterior in San Antonio, Headquarters for Presidio San Antonio de Bexar
Spanish Military Governors Palace exterior in San Antonio, Headquarters for Presidio San Antonio de Bexar | Source

Recording of paranormal activity at the Spanish Governor's Palace

Is the Spanish Governor's Palace Haunted?


Some people claim that it is indeed haunted and paranormal investigations have taken place there by various groups of people.

Orbs have been captured on film and some people have even recorded voices.

In this video an electronic voice phenomenon (evp) recorder was being used and the following question was posed. "Do you want us to leave?"

If you listen closely a whispered "yes" is recorded.

When I visited the Spanish Governor's Palace many years ago I did not know of it being haunted nor did I experience anything out of the ordinary.

See much more of this historic Spanish Governor's Palace in this video:

Visiting the Spanish Governor's Palace

After reading this and seeing the videos and photos, would you be interested in touring this historic site in San Antonio, Texas?

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Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

Yes, it was very big when I was there. They had a number of parades. These included a nighttime River Parade, a night parade, and the standard daytime parade.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

I never was in San Antonio during Fiesta week. It must be fun!


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Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

Were you ever in San Antonio during the week of Fiesta?


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

The Riverwalk used to be dangerous according to my husband who lived in San Antonio when he was a youngster. That all changed many years ago in preparation for HemisFair. I wrote a hub about the Riverwalk. The last time I visited The Alamo it was well maintained and nothing dangerous about being in that part of the city.


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Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

Our MTI warned us The Alamo was usually a disappointment. That was in 1972. It improved considerably over the next 10 years. Hopefully it is better now. The Alamo use to be right next to a bad area of the city.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

In actuality, the City of San Antonio has been built up around the Alamo and other historical sites. I know that I was shocked the first time I saw it because of our images of it in the movies, etc. Obviously they are no longer "in the middle of nowhere."


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Robert Sacchi 6 months ago

I enjoyed reading this article. I visited the Spanish Governor's Palace when I lived in the San Antonio area. It is worth a look. It is also interesting knowing this and other structures were in San Antonio before the siege of The Alamo. Movies depict The Alamo as being in the middle of nowhere but the Spanish Governor's Palace and some other still standing structures show this isn't the case.


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Peggy W 7 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello norlawrence,

So glad to know that you liked this article about the Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio.


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norlawrence 7 months ago from California

Another very good article with beautiful pictures and great information.


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Frank,

Glad to hear that you liked this hub regarding the Governor's Palace in San Antonio.


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

Thank you so much Peggy for a very descriptive Historical hub...


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi FlourishAnyway,

There would be much for you and your teen to enjoy in San Antonio. Hope you get to do it someday.


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Alicia,

The Governor's Palace is just one of many places worth visiting if you ever travel to San Antonio. I am sure you would be pleased with its history and unique character.


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

I would love to go and take my teen based on your hub!


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AliciaC 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This looks like an interesting place to visit, Peggy. I was very impressed with the fact that the walls are three feet deep! I'll visit the palace if I ever go to San Antonio.


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi BlossomSB,

Yes I would imagine that it took some effort to make the walls that thick but it would have kept the inside of the building much cooler when the outside temperatures were hot and even sizzling. Smart way to build back then prior to air conditioning.


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BlossomSB 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Thank you for a very interesting 'armchair' visit. It was informative and I really enjoyed it. Those walls were so thick they must have taken a lot of work to build.

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