Palacio de Gobierno

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

The impressive Palacio de Gobierno, which houses state government offices, was finished in 1774. It’s open to the public – just walk in – and it’s well worth stopping by, mainly due to two impressive socialist realist murals by local artist José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949). The most impressive is the 1937 mural of Miguel Hidalgo looming over an interior stairway. Hidalgo brandishes a torch in one fist while the masses struggle at his feet against the twin burdens of communism and fascism. Another Orozco mural in the ex-Congreso (former Congress Hall) upstairs depicts Hidalgo, Benito Juárez and other historical luminaries. On the ground floor there’s a well-curated museum about the history of Jalisco. It’s aimed at school groups, but is still worth a look.