Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres

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Av. Miguel Hidalgo s/n, Zona Centro

Price & Hours

Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 

The Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres is free to visit 24 hours a day. You'll find the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres located just north of the city center, near the cathedral

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