San Antonio is a city rich with lore and culture, represented perfectly through the historic architecture, variety of food options, and diversity of the people–all within reach of Arcadia Ridge. Planning to visit San Antonio soon? Be sure to stop by these four must see sites. Counting down, the top four San Antonio landmarks are:
4: Mission San José
While this ancient building was constructed with a church-like style, Mission San José was not exclusively a church. Rather, its founders, the Spanish, used this site and others like it as community centers during the 18th century. According to the National Park Service, over 350 Indian neophytes populated the community at the mission’s height. Due to the efforts of the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s, Mission San José was restored to its original glory and furthermore is now a major landmark.
3: The Torch of Friendship
Lover of the Arts? La Antorcha de la Amistad, Spanish for “The Torch of Friendship”, is one of the city’s most prominent art pieces. A massive 65 feet high and 45 tons heavy, this monument rests in the throbbing heart of downtown San Antonio. The artist, Edward D. Garza, unveiled the monument as a gift from the Mexican government in 2002. Perhaps the most interesting aspect about the Torch is its symbolism. Due to its irregular structure, the monument offers interesting and beautiful views at many different angles–which the artist believes is also true of the friendship between the U.S. and Mexico.
2: Tower of the Americas
Looking for something a little bigger? The Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot tall observation deck also located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. When it was built in 1968, it was the tallest observation tower in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, topped by the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower in 1996. The original purpose of the tower was to be a key attraction in the 1968 World’s Fair, but now it serves as a tourist attraction featuring an award winning restaurant, an observation deck, and a 4D theatre ride. If you’re looking for entertainment and a fine meal with an unbeatable view, this should be the first stop on your list.
1: The Alamo
You have not truly visited or lived in San Antonio until you have stepped inside the Alamo. While it was originally a Spanish Catholic mission, the Alamo is more famous for the battle that took place within and around its walls. The Battle of the Alamo between Texas and Mexico was a turning point in the Texas Revolution. While the Texans suffered total defeat, the viciousness of the victorious Mexican troops motivated more Texans to join the army and eventually defeat the Mexican army. The Alamo and its legacy are absolutely essential to both the history of San Antonio and Texas as a whole. Admission is free, so be sure to plan a visit.
These landmarks (and many more) are within a short driving distance from Arcadia Ridge. As a resident, your life will be enriched by these historical and cultural landmarks. For more information about life at Arcadia Ridge, feel free to contact us!