This beautiful 17th century Baroque church is, for me, the most beautiful of the entire city. Built in the purest colonial baroque style, the facade is an exuberance of designs, patterns and figures. Many of them were made directly by indigenous labor and perhaps that is why the temple "smells" of the Mayan religion. Located in a very popular area, it is the meeting place of the local community (and known as the cathedral of the poor). At night, the whole church is illuminated. The atmosphere is very unique. The spot brings to mind the old legends of Creoles recalled in the fire, legends that spoke of conquests and wars, but also caches and voices at midnight.
It is a clear example of Mexican baroque, its construction started in 1570 and in 1933 it was declared a historic monument. It is situated on a very wide space that makes it so the church can be seen extremely well.
Touring the historic center of Guadalajara you realize the power they had religious congregations in colonial times. This church was built as a convent in the sixteenth century in the Baroque style. A highlight is its altar. Annexed to the Church, where the former convent is now the School of Music at the University of Guadalajara.
The Templo Expiatorio Del Santísimo Sacramento was built in stages from 1897 to 1972 by famous Italian Architect Boari Adamo who was brought over personally by then Mexican President Porfirio Diaz and who would go on to work on projects like Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Palacio del Correo Mayor in Mexico City. The temple is made mostly of carved stone and the doors are made of rosewood. The whole temple has a Italian Gothic style and the mosaics were even built in the Vatican's mosaic factory.
This Baroque building (built between 1729-1737) is dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena, it's in historic Morelia (Avenida Madero) and is one of the most beloved churches of the city. Officially called Morelia Metropolitan Tabernacle it is still known as the Temple of the nuns (Templo de las monjas) as it was the church and convent of Dominican nuns.
The peculiar and beautiful ornamentation of Santa Lucia Church is very striking. The whole facade is decorated with pine leaf garlands and bases. Its color varies from green to brown depending on the time of year when you visit San Cristobal. This kind of "clock," which marks the seasons of San Cristobal, is also a remembrance of ancient Mayan traditions. This ancient village is filled with Chiapas inhabitants, the shrine is decorated with pine needles, almost mandatory it seems. Although, in this case, the floor of the church is respected, the exterior decorations are provided by the faithful of the neighborhood. Try to access the backyard of the church. There are several altars decorated with candles on the floor, and we can confirm how the Catholic and Mayan mix traditions together in this town.
These churches are historical monuments. Here are the names of the churches: La del Carmen, La Catedral, El Santuario de Guadalupe, The San Miguelito, The San Jose, The of the Franciscans, the water box, among others.
The first cathedral in Guadalajara (1561) is of great historical importance for its works of art. It is also considered as the greatest exponent of Baroque architecture in Jalisco Mexico. Constructed in the late seventeenth century this is all that remains of the former convent of Santa Maria.
It is located out of the center about 10 minutes walk from the cathedral. It can serve as a reference point if you want to go to Tlaquepaque (worth walking through the streets on a holiday) by public transport. Along with Aranzazu chapel it was part of one of the largest monastery complexes in the city. Currently it boasts gardens, fountains and arches complement its architectural splendor.