The Torch of Friendship

430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States

Hours of Operation

  • The Torch of Friendship is located in a public park, and visitors can access it at any time. However the park closes at dusk, and visitors are advised to take precautions when visiting after dusk.

Located at the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Torch of Friendship is a symbol of friendship between the United States and Mexico.

The magnificent sculpture stands tall at 65 feet and weighs 45 tons. It was a gift from a group of Mexican friends to the people of San Antonio and was dedicated to the memory of Henry B. Gonzalez, who served as the congressman for the city for over 37 years.


What to Know

The Torch of Friendship was built in 1960 by sculptor Sebastian in Mexico City. It was a gift from the Mexican government and the friends of Mexico, a group of Mexican businessmen, to the people of San Antonio. The sculpture was installed on June 27, 2001, in the riverwalk area of downtown San Antonio.

The Torch of Friendship is also known as “la Antorcha de la Amistad” and is a beautiful bronze sculpture that depicts a giant hand holding a torch. The base of the sculpture is adorned with images of eagles and Aztec warriors, symbolizing the rich cultural heritage of Mexico.

It is located on Biscayne Boulevard, just a few blocks from the Alamo and the city’s main shopping and entertainment district.


How to Get There

The Torch of Friendship is located in the very center of downtown San Antonio and is easily accessible by car, public transportation, or foot. Visitors can take the VIA bus or the VIVA culture trolly to the riverwalk area, where the sculpture is located.

The park is also within the walking distance of other major attractions of the city. You also have a great option to book a private tour which will give you a great opportunity to visit the nearby attractions while in the comfort of a luxury and intimate tour.


Best Time to Visit

Being a popular tourist attraction for locals and tourists alike, the place gets crowded during peak travel seasons. The best time to visit is during the spring and fall when you can enjoy the nice weather and the crowds are also smaller. The park is open year-round and visitors can enjoy the sculpture and its surroundings at any time of the day. 



The Torch of Friendship is a beautiful and inspiring work of art that symbolizes the friendship and unity between the United States and Mexico. Visitors can take photos with the sculpture and learn about its history and significance by reading the plaques located at the base of the statue.

The riverwalk area where the sculpture is located also offers a wide range of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.



The Torch of Friendship is a free attraction that visitors can enjoy at any time. It is easily accessible and visitors can combine a visit to the sculpture with a stroll along the Riverwalk or a visit to the Alamo.

You can take a walking tour around the area and enjoy the different attractions and the amazing food this place has to offer. The park is located in a very safe and well-maintained area making it an ideal attraction for families and solo travelers alike.