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Guadalajara

Country
Mexico
State
Jalisco
City
Guadalajara
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

 The Libertador Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport is at 16 kilometres from the centre of Guadalajara, and it has two terminals and four platforms. It gets flights coming from North, Central and South America, Europe and the main cities within Mexico. A flight coming from the Federal District, the Capital of the country, lasts approximately 55 minutes.

By Land

The distance between the City of Mexico and Guadalajara is of 535 kilometres. Several bus lines cover the route on a daily basis, and the trip takes 8 hours approximately. The vehicles set off at the Northern Terminal, located on 4907 Lázaro Cardenas, Federal District.

Key places to visit
Church of Santa Monica, Guadalajara Zoo, Jose Clemente Orozco's Frescos, Orozco Museum, Guadalajara Cathedral


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Places to Visit

Church of Santa Monica

Three blocks to the north-west of the Cathedral stands the church of Santa Mónica, built in the first half of the 17th c. The Baroque façade, with Salomonic twisted columns, is covered with rich and intricately-carved ornamentaion, including grapes, cobs of maize, angels, double eagles and symbols of religious orders. At the corner an early and impressive statue of St Christopher looks down on the passing traffic.

Other Baroque churches in Guadalajara include San Francisco (17th c.), San Felipe Neri (17th c.), Aránzazu (17th-18th c.: Churrigueresque retablos), San Juan de Dios (18th c.) and San Agustin (16th-17th c.).

Guadalajara Zoo

­­On the Calzada Independencía Norte/Av. Flores Magón, 6km/4mi north of the city centre, the grounds of Guadalajara's zoo overlook the Santiago Gorge.

Jose Clemente Orozco's Frescos

In a former chapel can be seen what are probably José Clemente Orozco's finest frescos; painted in 1938-39, they portray the Four Elements, Art and Science, the Conquest and the Four Riders of the Apocalypse. The high point is the fresco of Mankind in Flames ("Hombre del Fuego") in the dome. Various rooms around the patios house exhibitions devoted to Orozco's works. At the end of 1997 the Hospicio Cabañas building together with the frescoes was included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites.

Orozco Museum

In Avenida Vallarta to the west, at Av. Aceves 27 just past the Triumphal Arch, stands the former home and studio of the painter José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), now the Orozco Museum with many paintings and drawings by the artist. Other frescos by Orozco, including scenes from Dante's "Inferno", can be seen in the auditorium of the University in Avenida Vallarta.

Guadalajara Cathedral

On the north side of the Plaza de Armas, with its façade fronting the Plaza de los Laureles to the west (with its large fountain), stands the Cathedral and the Sagrario. Built between 1558 and 1616 and much altered in later periods, the Cathedral is basically Baroque but shows a remarkable mingling of different styles. In the chapels and the Sagrario hang pictures attributed to Cristóbal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera and Murillo. A painting ascribed to Murillo - the Assumption of the Virgin Mary - hangs over the doorway of the sacristy.

To the north it joins the Plaza de los Hombres with its columned rotunda erected in honour of some famous sons of Jalisco.

Right Time to Visit

July - September

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