Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city and it has charms of its own. There are historical museums and rodeos by the roadside and well-trimmed parks across broad avenues. All in all, Guadalaraja is clearly one of Mexico’s major tourist attraction. It has the famous mariachi music going about it as well. The four magnificent squares, the beautiful location and the amazing people make Guadalaraja a place worth a visit.
Begin your tour with Guadalaraja Cathedral. This ancient cathedral holds a lot of history in its corridors. The building has both Gothic and Baroque elements in it which makes it worth a close scrutiny. The building is a reservoir of so much history that you will be thrilled to enter it. It is located in Plaza de Armas and it has a lovely fountain in front of it. Inside the cathedral, you have paintings from Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera, and Murillo, the legends in Mexican art, hanging from the walls.
Your next stop should be The Government Palace. Guadalaraja has four main squares and in one of the four squares, there is the Government Palace. The foundation was started in 1643 and got completed by 1774. This is a spectacular baroque building and it has many columns with varied Churrigueresque pilasters, zigzag ornamentation and big volutes. The walls are done by the great Jose Clemente Orozco.
The next is the Churches of Santa Monica and San Agustin. Among the many churches that Guadalaraja is proud of the 17th century, Santa Monica holds a unique place. There is baroque façade in here and in the columns you will see ornamentation of very different styles. The fantabulous church of San Agustin is another one of the marvels of Guadalaraja. It is erected in the 16th century when baroque was still in its flourishing stage.
If you have more time, please do visit The Regional Museum of Guadalaraja, Jose Clemente Orozco’s frescos.
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