Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento

#2 in Best Things To Do in Guadalajara
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Key Info

Calle López Cotilla 935, Centro

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento is a Gothic church that first opened its doors in 1897. It's defined by large stone pillars and equally enormous stained-glass windows. If you're passing by at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., you'll witness 12 apostles process out through a door in the clock tower – just like clockwork. 

Recent visitors called this church "an amazing piece of art" and a must-see. Others recommend planning your visit on weekend afternoons when the plaza around the church fills with vendors selling delicious foods, such as strawberry and pineapple tamales. 

The temple, which is free to visit, is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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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. 

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