If you plan to visit the capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara, and you are not sure where to stay, we recommend you look for a place Downtown, especially if you are one of those tourists who enjoy walking.
Without a doubt, some hotels in Downtown Guadalajara are really charming for visitors looking for a piece of history.
Here are the top 5 places to visit while you stay in this beautiful Mexican city.
- Metropolitan Cathedral. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the 16 de Septiembre Avenue has a history of more than 450 years. Its Neo-Gothic towers are an unmistakable emblem of the city.
- Cabañas Cultural Institute. In 1997, Unesco declared the former Hospicio Cabañas as a World Heritage Site. This beautiful building, in the “Plaza Tapatía”, was once home to homeless children (from 1810 to 1980). This place is home to one of the most famous mural paints of Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco. Also, the building was designed by Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect at the time.
- Degollado Theater. It opened in 1866 as Teatro Alarcón. The goal of this place was to give the inhabitants of Guadalajara a cultural scenery, worthy of the beauty of the city. The first play presented there was the classic drama “Lucía de Lammermoor”, by Gaetano Donizetti, starring the famous soprano Ángela Peralta, known as the Mexican Nightingale.
- Government Palace. This place is truly historic. There, the Father of the Nation, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, issued a decree ordering the end of slavery in New Spain. And it was also the seat of the federal government for a moment, during the presidency of Benito Juárez. The Palace also has a painting by José Clemente Orozco.
- Expiatory Temple. It is the main Neo-Gothic building in Mexico. Its construction began in 1897 and ended 75 years later. Although it is not in the heart of the city, is a must if you stay downtown Guadalajara.