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
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
Spanish Governor's Palace location...105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, Texas
Photo of me at Spanish Governor's Palace in 1970
Sites to See in San Antonio
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
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
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?
Spanish Governor's Palace San Antonio Texas
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