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.
Decorative utility covers don’t let us forget where we are.
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.
The interior has fascinating brightly colored ceiling murals painted by José Clemente Orozco in the 1930s.
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.
A close-up of one of the cathedral towers and its pealing bells.
The interior is white with many classic features that show its relationship to European cathedrals.
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.