In July, my husband and I spent a few days in San Antonio, about five hours down the highway from our home in Fort Worth, Texas. We’ve visited the Alamo several times before, yet it’s always a fresh experience. I thought y’all might enjoy seeing some photos from our latest visit.
Main entrance to the Alamo. No photos are allowed within the sanctuary, a shrine to those who died here.
Back courtyard looking toward the long barracks. Originally, the Alamo complex was much larger.
The only remaining portion of the Long Barracks, once the largest building of the Alamo compound – a two part, two-story structure connected by a one-story section. It served as a hospital for the Alamo defenders.
The courtyard consists of different parts. Several cannon from the battle are located in the Cavalry Courtyard.
Planted in 1914, this spreading live oak grows in the middle of Convento Courtyard.
The Courtyard of Flags displays six different flags that have flown over Texas down the centuries.
Entrance to the Alamo Gift Museum: Built in 1936, this building houses historical exhibits and a collection of books and gift items.
One of the city’s famous horse and carriages stopping alongside the wall that encloses the Alamo courtyard.
One of the oldest and most celebrated hotels in Texas, the Menger Hotel was built in 1859. It stands next to the Alamo and one block from the world-famous River Walk.
Lobby of the Menger: beautiful!
Built in 1909, The Crockett Hotel stand where Davey Crockett and outnumbered Texians defended the southeast palisade of the Alamo compound during the 13-day siege in 1836.
Dining area in the Crockett Hotel: cool horse!
Hi Russel, you’re so welcome. There are two reasons why photos are not allowed within the Alamo sanctuary. First, for the reason you stated regarding flashes, which can fade historical exhibits with repeated exposure over time. Second, the Alamo is designated a shrine to those who died there. For this reason, gentlemen are also asked to remove their hats as a sign of respect upon entering the building. See this site for more details: http://www.thealamo.org/visitors/faq.php#eighteen
Isn’t the Menger Hotel supposedly haunted?
You caught me off guard when you said pictures inside were not allowed. I have so many pictures from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s from my many visits. However, flash pictures were never allowed, and I suspect the proliferation of digital cameras with their always on flashes, and people not knowing how to turn them off, caused them to simply disallow all pictures. How sad.
Thanks for the memories, though, for this native Texan.