Rotonda de los Jaliscenses Ilustres


Jalisco’s hall of fame, in the plaza on the north side of the cathedral, is ringed by 30 bronze sculptures of the state’s favorite writers, architects and revolutionaries, including one woman – Rita Pérez Jiménez (1779–1861), heroine of the War of Independence.

Some of the greats depicted here are actually buried underneath the rotunda, the round, pillared gazebo-like monument in the center.

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1. Museo Regional de Guadalajara

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Guadalajara's most important museum tells the story of the city and the surrounding region, somewhat haphazardly, from prehistory to the revolution…

2. Palacio Municipal

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On the north side of Plaza Guadalajara is the Palacio Municipal, which was built between 1949 and 1952 but looks much older. Above its interior stairway…

3. Catedral de Guadalajara

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Guadalajara’s cathedral is the city’s most conspicuous landmark with distinctive neo-Gothic towers built after an earthquake toppled the originals in…

4. Cathedral Crypt

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The cathedral in Guadalajara includes a Gothic crypt, where three archbishops are buried.

5. Museo de Arte Sacro de Guadalajara

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This pious collection astride the eastern flank of the cathedral is filled with dark and brooding 17th- to 18th-century religious art, as well as some…

6. Plaza Guadalajara

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Plaza Guadalajara is shaded by dozens of severly cropped laurel trees and has great views of the east of the cathedral. Boasting a few fine cafes, it's a…

7. Templo de la Merced

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Close to the city center is the ornate Templo de la Merced, which was built between 1650 and 1721; inside are several large paintings, crystal chandeliers…

8. Plaza de la Liberación


This huge plaza due east of the cathedral was a 1980s urban planner’s dream project – two whole blocks of colonial buildings to be knocked down and…