Brave old world
History comes to life in San Antonio. The city’s rich culture offers an authentic glimpse of early Spanish colonial life in the Southwest. As the first civilian settlement in Texas, San Antonio de Béxar was founded in 1718. Today, many of the city’s early architectural and cultural elements remain, allowing visitors to see into the city’s storied past first-hand. Our brave old world is your next, new adventure. Join us as pair historical sites and landmarks with modern-day events, celebrations and fun.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Named the first World Heritage Site in Texas by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the designation includes the city’s four southernmost Spanish colonial missions – Concepción, San José, San Juan, Espada and the famous Alamo, located in Downtown San Antonio.
San Antonio’s Culture
Our roots run deep, our heritage is rich and our confluence of cultures is celebrated. We !Viva! for Fiesta, wear silver and black for our Spurs, and beam with pride in our distinction of Military City USA®. Come discover what’s old and explore what’s new in our diverse communities, offerings and celebrations.