On our last full day in Lake Chapala, our hosts drove us the 45 minutes to Guadalajara’s historic district.

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second most populous city with over 4 million people. As with every city, just checking out the sidewalk scenes is fun.

Guadalajara dress maker

Decorative utility covers don’t let us forget where we are.

Guadalajara street cover

Our first stop was the Palace of the State Government, completed in 1774. It has a large courtyard in the middle, which seems to be typical of the state buildings we saw.

Guadalajara courtyard

The interior has fascinating brightly colored ceiling murals painted by José Clemente Orozco in the 1930s.

Guadalajara ceiling mural

The Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady was originally built in 1541 and was rebuilt several times due to fire and earthquakes. The current building was completed in 1854. There were lots of horse and carriages around the cathedral for the tourists.

Guadalajara cathedral exterior

A close-up of one of the cathedral towers and its pealing bells.

Guadalajara cathedral bells

The interior is white with many classic features that show its relationship to European cathedrals.

Guadalajara cathedral interior 1

I spent some time at the nearby Regional Museum of Guadalajara. I only walked through part of the museum, but it has archeological exhibitions, historical displays and many types of artwork. I couldn’t read the descriptions but enjoyed the museum anyway.

Guadalajara Regional Museum statue

Next: Mariachi!