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In Guadalajara’s Historic Center you will be able to admire stunning buildings –religious and civil- and discover the architectural richness of this city, one of the most beautiful of the Mexican Republic. Among its most important buildings:

Teatro Degollado. Located in Calle Degollado, between Morelos and Av. Hidalgo. This neoclassical theater was built between 1855 and 1866. Its portico is made up of 16 architrave Corinthian columns supporting the tympanum depicting Apollo and the Nine Muses. The living room is 20 m long x 18 m wide, with a capacity for 1,453 viewers. Inside, the theater’s dome is decorated with a Canto IV fresco of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Cabañas Cultural Institute. Located in the eastern part of Plaza Tapatía, in Paseo del Hospicio No. 8, between Av. Hidalgo and Plaza López Portillo and Weber. It was a project designed by Manuel Tolsá, constructed by José Gutiérrez and finished by architect Manuel Ibarra. The building was completed in 1843 under a neoclassical style. It has a triangular shape and the main entrance shows an elegant portico with Tuscan columns. There is a neoclassical-eclectic chapel. A Hererrian style characterizes the corridors that delimit its 23 patios. In the past, these premises were mainly used as a shelter for abandoned children; nowadays, it serves as a cultural institute where different kinds of art workshops are taught and various shows are presented.

Government Palace. Located in Av. Hidalgo between Pedro Loza and Av. Alcalde. This neoclassical project was designed by architect Vicente Mendiola and built between 1949 and 1952. It is a two-story structure, where the first floor is enclosed by several portals. This government building features five murals with beautiful paintings by Gabriel Flores, and is currently occupied by the State government offices.

Metropolitan Cathedral. Located in Av. 16 de septiembre, between Hidalgo and Morelos. Dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, this cathedral represents the 16th and 18th centuries. Although it embodies several architectural styles, the Gothic style predominates. The interior has nine altars and three chapels with neoclassical altarpieces. An important work of art is the Immaculate Conception by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, which can be found in the sacristy.

Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres. Located between Av. Alcalde and Av. Hidalgo and Calles Independencia and Liceo. This circular monument dates from 1951 and is made up of 17 fluted columns without any base or capital. It features 98 urns, but only a few are occupied; Ramón Corona’s body rests in a special crypt. Further, 11 statues of Jalisco men custody the monument.


The Expiatory Temple of Guadalajara. Located in Lopez Cotilla No. 935. Catholic temple dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, of Neo-Gothic style and considered the maximum work in its style in Mexico. Its construction began on August 15, 1897 and was finished 75 years after 1972.