Never having seen Europe and its Cathedrals, I was truly amazed by the Grand and beautiful old buildings of Guadalajara. Most of the structures were churches and luckily within walking distance of the main Centro district. The Catholic Church no doubt in the City center and forms a giant cross with Plazas all around.
The Mexican history is rich and fascinating, so Scott and I spent most mornings in bed researching the multiple sights to see for the day. The rest of the day we wandered about, and ate our way through the city.
Most structures dated back to the 1700’s, some in the 1500’s, all before cranes, power tools and wood construction. We did all self guided tours, translating the plaques and information to English on our phones, as we gazed at the marvelous architecture. We looked like typical tourists, taking photos and gawking wide-eyed at the beauty. We were for sure the only gringos. It is strange to speak English only to each other for 2 weeks, as our Spanish is slowly improving.
Templo Expiotorio below, a baroque temple, was very impressive! It was founded in 1897 and finished decades later in 1972. The neo gothic architecture is characterized with interior domes, arches and exterior buttresses.
The church below is in the nearby town of Zapopan, fun to visit on Sundays for their Mass and markets. Basilica de Nuestra is another Catholic Church of Baroque and Fransiscan style.