Guadalajara city is the capital city of the
State of Jalisco and is located 580 kms (360 mi.) from
Mexico City via federal highways 57, 45, 110 and 90.
Guadalajara is characterized by its architecture and interest places such as:
- The Plaza Tapatia, (Tapatios are natives of Guadalajara) where you can visit the Municipal Palace.
- La Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres (The Rotunda of Famous People).
- The Cathedral, which construction began in 1561.
- The Government Palace, containing murals painted by Clemente Orozco.
- El Museo Regional (Regional Museum).
- The Museum of Archaeology.
- El Templo de Santa Maria Gracia, temple built in 1661.
- The Degollado Theater, neoclassic-style.
- El Templo de San Agustin.
- The National Institute Cabañas, a neoclassic-style building where some murals painted by Jose Clemente Orozco are exhibited.
- The Libertad Market, also known as San Juan de Dios Market.
Among its beautiful colonial - style buildings are:
- El Templo de Aranzazu, a church having ultra-baroque and churrigueresque-style altarpieces.
- Templo de Santa Monica, church built in 1704.
- Santuarios de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y Nuestra Señora del Rosario
(Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Rosary).
To see non-religious architecture in Guadalajara you can visit:
- The Belem Cemetery.
- The Alcalde Park.
- The State University.
- The ATL Mirador, (belvedere) which is located in the Oblatos Ravine.
- The Cola de Caballo Waterfall, (Horse-tail waterfall).
The fascinating city of Guadalajara is also characterized by its handicrafts such as pottery and ceramics.
Its regional cuisine offers such specialties like "pozole" or pork stew, and "carnitas" or deep-fried pork.