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WideEyed Tours operate from Ajijic, an expat town for people from all over the world, located in Central México, in the state of Jalisco.

Churches of Guadalajara

One-day tour.

Santa María de Gracia, Metropolitan Cathedral, Santa Teresa de Jesús, San Agustín and Templo Expiatorio.

A magnificent tour with lots of history, led by a knowledgeable guide who will open your eyes to the very secret meanings of the Catholic symbolism embedded in these marvelous treasures of worship and architecture.

 

We pick you up at your home from 10 to 10:30 AM (all six passengers).

Lunch at an upscale traditional Mexican restaurant (not included).

Water and select drinks available during transport.

1,500 pesos p.p.

Maximum 6 passengers.

Returning around 7 PM.


The architectural history of the temples in Guadalajara arises with the construction of its Metropolitan Cathedral that stands as the most imposing and ancient in 1572. The construction of the network of churches and parishes today amount to just over 350 in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara. It was growing as the concentric circles' echo that moves away from the center that gave them origin. The creation of religious centers grew according to the rate at which the population increased.

 

In 2000 Jalisco had the second largest population of the country's faithful, according to the INEGI, with more than five million faithful to this doctrine. Tomás de Híjar, a priest and historian of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, narrates the genesis of the aforementioned network and locates among the first temples after the cathedral the temple of Santa María de Gracia in 1650 when the perimeter walls were closed to the height of a cornice, whose vestiges are still noticeable on the outside of this church that faces Hidalgo Avenue. However, in the eighteenth century, the elevation of the perimeter walls was extended and a dome was placed. This case is the same as the history of other ecclesiastical constructions which, according to the specialist "were erected in the sixteenth century were extended in the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century, in the nineteenth and some in the twentieth century were modified according to the needs".

 

The seventeenth Century also saw the birth of the temple of San Agustín with a ribbed roof, which currently has the tower and the dome. Then comes the temple of San Francisco de Asís, which was part of a group of churches inside the monastery with that name. Another example of that century is the temple of La Merced that was built for 71 years and was completed in 1721. The site preserves altarpieces carved in cypress wood and paintings by Diego de Cuentas. Saint Teresa of Jesus appears in the chronological course when it began to be built in 1690 and was consecrated in 1720. And precisely from the beginning of the 18th century are the temples of Jesús María and Santa Mónica and from the middle of that century are the temples Las Capuchinas and San Felipe Neri. Towards the end of the XVIII century, the Shrine of Guadalupe and the Temple of Bethlehem were opened.