The Alamo is one of the most historic places to visit in the San Antonio, Texas area. It is a must see. Admission is FREE! No pictures allowed inside.
According to Wikipedia, the Alamo was originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas.
The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In 1793, the mission was secularized and soon abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing the Mexican Army group the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, who likely gave the mission the name "Alamo".
Fun Travel Trivia:
Q: What does Alamo mean in Spanish?
A: Alamo is the Spanish word for cottonwood. It was thought there were cottonwood trees that were adjacent to the mission.