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The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission), situated in San Antonio, Texas, is the first in a chain of missions established along the San Antonio River. The mission was endorsed by the viceroy of New Spain in 1516 and was finally established in 1518 by Fray Antonio de Olivares. After the mission was abandoned, The Alamo was converted into a fortress compound by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century in order to educate the local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In the 19th century, this fortress was also the scene of several military actions, including the 1836 Battle of the Alamo between Mexico and the Republic of Texas. The church building was officially purchased from the Catholic Church and was given to the city of San Antonio in 1883. Since then, this building has been renovated a number of times, most notably for the Texas Centennial in 1936. The Alamo was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
At present, The Alamo is a well-frequented museum that attracts thousands of visitors every year. It features several permanent exhibits that illustrate its history and the history and culture of the other four missions in San Antonio. It also hosts a number of programs and annual events that give an opportunity to the visitors to understand and explore the history of the state. The Alamo is rich in culture and history, and is also well known for its architecture. It is a great learning experience and well-worth visiting.
- Address: 300 Alamo Plaza,
San Antonio, TX 78205
- Telephone: (210) 281-0710
- Website: www.thealamo.org