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Historic Spanish Governors Palace in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is a charming and historic city in Texas. My future husband spent many childhood years there. It has the Alamo and so much more!

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

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

San Antonio History

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

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.

Spanish Rule in Texas

The Spanish Governor's Palace is now a museum operated by the city. The address is 105 Military Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205. It is in the downtown area.

At one time, Spain ruled over Texas, which was the home of the governors who ruled at that time. It consists of ten rooms. Carved over the entrance arch is a date of 1749. One of the rooms is a chapel, and it houses religious artifacts. There is also a ballroom.

The walls are about three feet thick, and it has beamed ceilings. The thickness of the walls would have helped keep the structure cool in the Texas summers' heat. The furnishings consist of handcrafted furniture as well as some antiques brought over from Spain.

The patio has a fountain in the center, and I 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. Click on the source link at the bottom of this page to see pricing, hours of operation, and more information. Be sure to visit this site if you are looking for things to do and see while spending some time in San Antonio.

Weddings and Wedding Receptions

The Spanish Governor's Palace is one of many San Antonio sites used for weddings or wedding receptions. 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 make for a pretty background for such ceremonies or even wedding photographs.

Is It Haunted?

Some people claim that it is haunted. Paranormal investigations have taken place on-site by various groups of people. Orbs have been captured on film, and some people have even recorded voices.

In this video, using an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recorder, the following question asked, "Do you want us to leave?" If you listen carefully, you can hear a whispered, "yes."

When I visited the Spanish Governor's Palace many years ago, I did not know about the haunting, nor did I experience anything out of the ordinary.

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Visiting the Spanish Governor's Palace


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

If you ever travel to San Antonio, Texas you will be amazed at the old missions which include The Alamo along with the Spanish Governor's Palace and other places of interest. Glad you enjoyed viewing this and learning a bit about it via this post.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 07, 2018:

I love to see such historic places and would definitely see this palace given a chance.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

That photo was taken by my long-time German girlfriend back in the days when we were both living in the nurse's dorm in the middle of the Texas Medical Center. We were both working as O.R. nurses and had taken some time off to visit San Antonio. The Spanish Governors Palace was one of the sites that we visited among many others on that fun trip.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 08, 2018:

Nice to see young Peggy in this hub. Place looks so Spanish and interesting

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2018:

Hi Mary,

San Antonio has many historic places of interest in addition to the Alamo. It is a fun city to visit and/or live there. That photo of me in the courtyard of the Spanish Governor's Palace goes back many decades! Oh to be that young again! Ha!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 23, 2018:

I would love to visit this place. By the way, love your picture in 1970.

Robert Sacchi on May 31, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 31, 2016:

Hi Robert,

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

Robert Sacchi on May 30, 2016:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2016:

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.

Robert Sacchi on May 29, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2016:

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."

Robert Sacchi on May 27, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 05, 2016:

Hello norlawrence,

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

Norma Lawrence from California on May 03, 2016:

Another very good article with beautiful pictures and great information.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2016:

Hi Frank,

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 09, 2016:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2016:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 05, 2016:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 05, 2016:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2016:

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.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on March 04, 2016:

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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