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Spanish Governor's Palace

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Address: 105 Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, TX
Phone Number: +1 210-224-0601
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Adobe building built in the mid-1700s for the Spanish presidio, now a major...

Adobe building built in the mid-1700s for the Spanish presidio, now a major tourist attraction.

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Architectural example close to city

The Governor's Palace is a few blocks from the River Walk so very accessible. The architecture and furnishes are well preserved. I especially enjoyed speaking with the staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Governor's Palace is a few blocks from the River Walk so very accessible. The architecture and furnishes are well preserved. I especially enjoyed speaking with the staff, Miss Glenda. She was entertaining and informative.

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Houston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Spanish Governor's Palace on the Military Plaza offers the visitor a quick view of what life was like for the rulers of the region during the 18th century. The furnishings are simple, and some are reproductions, but visitors are free to roam at will after paying the entrance fee. The structure has been renovated significantly over the years, having... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was voted by National Geographic as the "Most Beautiful Building" in San Antonio. The restored house is amazing, lots of antiques, history beautifully presented. A gorgeous courtyard. We loved this and highly recommend it. We spent about an hour here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this is called Spanish Governor's Palace, no governor lived here. Walked the streets of San Antonio and decided to call inside. Interesting architecture and history but only if you have the time.

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scottsdale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

It about 30 minutes before closing so we rushed a bit but found the interior interesting and signs informative. I always hope to be transported back in time a bit and this just looked like a collection to me.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Another old building that is impressive ob the inside. You have to appreciate this sort of stuff in order to enjoy it. Did it. Saw it. No need to see it again anytime soon. You walk in and say. Wow. And interesting. Done

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Cute Museum located in one of San Antonio's oldest buildings. The docent was terrific- very knowledgeable. Definitely worth a half hour or so.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a small venue, but interesting. They have historically appropriate furniture and information about the rooms and how they were used. There is a charming garden attached.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you are expecting turrets and grand reception rooms, you are in for a disappointment . But if you want to take a step back in time, this is a fascinating introduction to local history. Although it has been several years since I last toured the "palace," I retain vivid memories. The Alamo is a shrine. The Governor's Palace is... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This cute little gem won't take you long to explore but it is worth the few bucks to see it and know you are helping with the upkeep. It was primarily a captain's quarters but one Governor lived there and that sounds better so they named it that instead. It shows which rooms were added on in which years and... More 

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