Guadalajara Landmarks and Monuments

(Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)

Photo of the Basilica de ZapopanAs one of the largest and most influential cities in the whole of Mexico, Guadalajara boasts a myriad of striking modern landmarks and notable local monuments. Built in 1995 and around 92 metres / 302 feet high, the mirrored Torre Chapultepec is amongst the tallest high-rise buildings in Guadalajara, with similar skyline landmarks including the Fiesta Americana, the Hilton Guadalajara and also the Templo de la Luz del Mundo, an elaborately designed church.

Landmarks of more interest to visitors include the Zapopan Basilica (Basilica de Zapopan), the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), the Expiatory Temple (El Templo Expiatorio), and also the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), a historic building standing two storeys high and featuring a central clock, sited directly over the main entrance.

Further picture of the Basilica de Zapopan

Basilica de Zapopan (Zapopan Basilica / Guadalajara Cathedral)

Address: Eva Briseno 152, Zapopan, 45100, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 33 3633 0141
The Basilica de Zapopan is a historic structure dating back to the early part of the 18th century. With classical Spanish-inspired architecture and superb vaulted ceilings, the basilica is at its most popular in the middle of October each year, when its hosts the Romeria de la Virgen de Zapopan celebrations. Large crowds of thousands gather to join in the religious festivities and parade honouring the Virgin of Zapopan, Guadalajara's patron saint.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, donations suggested

Catedral Metropolitana picture (Cathedral)

Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)

Address: Avenida 16 de Septiembre, Guadalajara, 44100, Mexico, MX
One of Guadalajara's most remarkable landmarks, Guadalajara Cathedral is often referred to as the city's Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). The cathedral dominates the area and boasts two striking towers (more than 60 metres / 197 feet high) and a large central dome, all of which are illuminated at night, taking on a completely new appearance. Built in the middle of the 16th century, the cathedral has been renovated several times and remains in excellent order. Inside, the cavernous interior is quite breathtaking and the dome is an important centrepiece. The enormous pipe organ is also of interest and amongst the biggest of its kind in the whole of Mexico.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, donations suggested

Image of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace)

Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace)

Address: Corona 31, Guadalajara, 44100, Mexico, MX
Guadalajara's Government Palace, perhaps better known as the 'Palacio de Gobierno', is a particularly impressive city landmark and dominates the area with its sheer size. Dating back to the mid-17th century, this building successfully retains much of its historic character and is best viewed from the interior, where many period features remain. Directly opposite is a small green square, surrounded by long green benches, which are shaded by mature trees and planting.
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 20:30
Admission: free

El Templo Expiatorio picture (Expiatory Temple)

El Templo Expiatorio (Expiatory Temple)

Address: López Cotilla 935, Guadalajara, 44100, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 33 3825 2888
One of the most appealing landmarks in the whole of Guadalajara, the Expiatory Temple dates back to the very end of the 19th century. Featuring dramatic Gothic-style architecture, tall towers and beautiful arched windows, the Expiatory Temple is known locally as 'El Templo Expiatorio' and is hard to miss.
Open hours: daily - 07:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge