I was lucky enough about a decade ago to take a couple of weeks wandering around Mexico. A BFF of mine was getting married so I HAD to go but I was the happiest I had ever been to attend a wedding, seeing as I am not the wedding kind of guy! It was late August to early September and the weather was mostly nice to me. I didn’t really know how to take a good photo, and I don’t know a lot more now than I did then but I did find a few shots that may be interesting as I spent a day walking around in old Guadalajara.
The featured image of this thread is of the Cathedral of Guadalajara, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco. This beautiful Spanish Renaissance style building (with neo gothic spires) was completed in 1618 although there have been several renovations over the years due to earthquake damage, that caused the most recent towers and dome to be done in 1854.
Guadalajara is located in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, famous for tequila and the big bay where Puerto Vallarta and a lot of other other coastal beauty is located.
Around Centro Guadalajara
It got a little rainy one day as I was walking around the old church. This small square called Plaza de Armas looks out towards the south side of the cathedral, though the front is the western side. The dome on this side is actually the Sagrario Metropolitano, (the Metropolitan Sanctuary) the Catholic Church.
Looking Across the Plaza De Armas.
The next day or so with the government palce of the state of Jalisco to the right.
Just after the rain the horses are ready to get back to work.
The city of Guadelajara was founded in 1542 at its’ present location after several attempts at other places in the region. the Spanish colonials came under attack from local natives as the Spanish had already taken native slaves by force. One of the settlers rumored to be important to convince the local settlers to stay was a lady named Beatriz Hernandez, a brave woman who is honored with this statue in the shadow of the dome of the old Templo de Santa Maria de Gracia which served as the first cathedral.
In a plaza down the street from the Hernandez Statue is the “Fuente de los Niños Miones” or the Fountain of the Peeing Boys. It was completed by local sculptor Miguel Miramontes, and gets lots of attention. It is basically 4 boys spraying water from their bodies into the pool. It is a famous local attraction in the Centro district.
Looking across the fountain toward the Museum.
The People of Jalisco
Even though most demographics will tell you of over 50% of Mexicans being mixed race mestizos, everywhere you turn Native American/Amerindian bloodlines from North, Central, and even South America are evident. In the larger cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City of course a lot more Euro ancestry is present.
Local teenns in the square.
A local girl plays for tips with her accordion.
Well that was a short look at the central area of the historical district of Guadalajara in a few pics! Thanks for stopping by and as always, leave a comment below.
Till next time, Thomas at Solofrontier.