Ah the Alamo. To think it took me seven years to see it. Having started college in the US back in 2007, it was inevitable that I learn of the Battle of the Alamo as part of my Texas History course. 
Isn't this crazy how huge this tree is?
I loved learning about The Alamo. My boyfriend at the time was also a history buff and he would recount to me about the importance and the greatness of the place. I believe it is his ultimate favorite place. He wanted me to see it for so long, and yet it took me seven years to get there. I guess, better late than never, right?
This well with money for some reason made me think of the French game show "Fort Boyard"
Before I was immersed into the historical facts of the events surrounding this old mission now turned into a museum, the only thing I knew of the Alamo was the Davy Crockett cartoon that I used to watch in the late 90s. I was unaware at the time that he had been an actual person, let alone an actual hero! You must thus imagine my excitement when we were covering him and the Battle of the Alamo in college!
Originally The Alamo was a Roman Catholic mission called “Mission San Antonio de Valero”. It was built in the 1700s by the Spanish Empire as a place to educate the local Native Americans about Christianity. The mission became a non-religious compound in 1793 and was abandoned very soon afterwards. In 1836 the abandoned compound became the site of what is now known as The Battle of The Alamo. It was basically a battle between a Mexican army group (“the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras”) and the Texan army. The battle ended with the Texans winning. Today the Alamo is a public monument/a museum located in downtown San Antonio, Texas  and is considered to be a shrine to the heroes who tried to defend it in the Battle of the Alamo.  If you’d like to read more about this historical event, check out their official website.
Overall it was a very fun visit, charged with so much history! The place was just mind-blowingly beautiful! I wish I could have taken pictures inside of the building itself, but I guess that leaves a little bit of mystery for future visitors! If you ever end up in San Antonio, you MUST visit The Alamo! 

Side note: after we had returned home, a few weeks later we learned on the news that most of the collection had been donated by Phil Collins (one of my ultimate favorite singers) who happens to be a huge Alamo history buff and fan. Isn’t it funny how life is sometimes?

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