The building in San Antonio we call the Alamo originally was built as the chapel of the Mission San Antonio de Valero. In its about 300-year existence, the Alamo has played several roles. It has served as the chapel of a Spanish mission; quarters for troops; housing for Indians, Tejanos and squatters; hospital; army supply depot; Masonic lodge; jail; commercial store and warehouse; public park; tourist attraction; movie set; and historic site. To Texans, thus, it will always be "The Alamo — Shrine of Texas Liberty."
The Alamo is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District of downtown San Antonio, Texas