Families have a new reason to remember to visit The Alamo in San Antonio. The Spanish Roman Catholic site, one of the San Antonio Missions, has just been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.
The Missions were built in the 18th century in and around what is now San Antonio to convert indigenous people to Catholicism and make them Spanish subjects.
The best known of the missions was also the site of a pivotal 1836 battle in the Texas Revolution, when an outnumbered band of Texas settlers staged a stand before Mexican forces seized the mission. Among the dead was frontiersman Davy Crockett.
During the Battle of San Jacinto weeks later, the victorious Texas soldiers shouted, "Remember the Alamo!"
Want to to brush up on your Alamo history? Check out these 10 facts about the Battle of the Alamo.
3 don't-miss experiences at The Alamo
- Visit the shrine. The hub of The Alamo is the iconic Alamo church, with its ornate façade and distinctive architectural hump. Intended to be the main church for the Spanish mission, the building was never completed. Step inside to see the names of the Alamo defenders, Admission is free.
- Visit the Long Barrack Museum. The long building at the front of the Alamo complex is actually the oldest building on the site. The foundation of this building served as the convento for the original Spanish mission dating back almost 300 years. In 1836, this building saw the most brutal fighting of the battle. Today the building houses the Alamo Museum.
- Take a battlefield tour. Guided by Alamo history experts, the battlefield tour traces the outline of the original fort, through current day Alamo Plaza, as it was at the time of the famous battle in 1836. You'll visit the area of the north wall where Colonel Travis spent his final moments and stand on the spot at the wooden palisade where David Crockett fought. This one-hour guided walking tour gives a detailed, in-depth history of the events at the Alamo complex and is recommended for kids age 13 and up.