For many known as the heart of Mexican culture.Guadalajara is Mexico's second biggest city, and in many respects can be considered the quintessential Mexican destination.
This is the birthplace of mariachi music and tequila, but also one of the country’s industrial and business centers, sometimes referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley.
Unlike many colonial cities that maintain their original town plan, in the 1950s Guadalajara underwent a major project that changed the face of the city. Older buildings were razed to allow for wide avenues with new constructions, underground parking lots and shopping centers. Fortunately, the most beautiful older buildings were left intact.A stroll through Guadalajara will give you an appreciation for the green spaces and public art in the city’smany parks and plazas. At the heart of Guadalajara is the cathedral. With its twin pointed towers andcentral dome, it is the most recognizable landmark on the Guadalajara skyline.
The Cathedral issurrounded on all four sides by plazas. Plaza Guadalajara faces the church. Its central fountain depictstwo lions with their paws resting on the trunk of a tree, the city's coat of arms. To the south is the Plazade Armas with its art nouveau bandstand and matching lampposts. The adjacent Government Palace has alovely baroque facade and a spectacular mural in the interior main staircase, which was painted by JoseClemente Orozco. To the north of the Cathedral is the Rotondo de los Jaliscienses Ilustres. This greenspace has a central circular monument with seventeen ribbed columns; the statues surrounding itrepresent Jalisco's illustrious sons (and one daughter), people from Jalisco who have made notablecontributions in arts, science and politics.