Guadalajara Cathedral

#3 in Best Things To Do in Guadalajara
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Key Info

Av Alcalde 10, Zona Centro

Price & Hours

Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Guadalajara's cathedral is one of the region's most iconic landmarks. Begun in 1558 and finally completed in 1618, it didn't get its signature neo-Gothic towers until the 19th century after an earthquake damaged the structure. Aside from its fusion of architectural styles, some of the treasures housed inside include richly adorned vaults, one of the largest organs in Mexico and stained-glass windows imported from France.

Travelers highly recommend stopping by the ornate cathedral (especially at night when it's illuminated), and some suggest visiting in November and December when street fairs fill the cathedral surrounds. Some reviewers even said the church's elaborate interiors rival Europe's most famous houses of worship.

The cathedral is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except during Mass. You'll find this grandiose structure in central Guadalajara at Av 16 de Septiembre between Morelos and Av Hildago. There is no fee to visit the cathedral.

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#1 Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

The Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, or Rotunda of the Illustrious Jaliscans, is a circle of 17 Doric columns and a monument to the region's favorite writers and revolutionaries. In fact, bronze statues of teacher Irene Robledo García, artist José Clemente Orozco and 20-some others ring the rotunda. Some of their ashes are even tucked into the monument. 

Recent travelers said the rotunda is a great place to get a quick dive into the history of Guadalajara. Many also suggest viewing the monument at night when it's lit by multi-colored lights 

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