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The Guadalajara Cathedral is situated within Plaza de Armas, a public square. The cathedral lies next to the Plaza de los Laureles (a smaller square). Post its construction in between 1558-1616, cathedral has been renovated several times. The architectural style of the monument is majorly Baroque. However, a noteworthy amalgamation of different architectural styles is especially visible in its fine Gothic interiors. The major highlights of the Guadalajara Cathedral include several chapels with their paintings attributed to Cristobal de Villalpando, Miguel Cabrera, and Murillo, some of Mexico's finest artists.
The Regional Museum of Guadalajara
The Regional Museum of Guadalajara is located at a walking distance from the Plaza de Armas. It is housed in an 18th-century seminary which once served as a headquarters & prison during the War of Independence. Opened during 1918, the museum features countless Pre-Columbian & ethnographical findings & exhibits. The 14 dioramas, local fossils & geography, a large mineral collection (including an 800-kilogram meteorite), a collection artwork from colonial-era, and contemporary & modern art are amongst some of the major highlights here. Afterwards, check out the nearby Teatro Degollado, a large neoclassical building with frescos by Gerardo Suarez in the dome showing scenes from Dante's Divine Comedy.
Though the Guadalajara Zoo was inaugurated on March 11, 1988 by the President of the Mexican Republic Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, It was opened for the public on the 25th of the same month. The zoo serves as a habitat for variety of animal & bird species. Polar bear, chimpanzee, African lion, Bengal tiger, African elephant, scorpion, reticulated giraffe, Mexican wolf, stone tuft, squirrel monkey, American black bear, white rhinoceros, cassowary, orangutan, and more are found here. Facilities like restaurants, panoramic train, wheelchair & strollers rental, first aid, free Wi-Fi, tattoo, picnic areas, children's games, and more are available here.
Hospicio Cabanas (Hospital)
The exquisite Hospicio Cabanas, a splendid neoclassical former hospital built at the beginning of the 19th century, is a must-see when visiting Guadalajara's historic downtown core. Boasting no fewer than 23 patios, the complex is not only the oldest hospital in the America and also one of the largest. Built in 1791, it also served as an orphanage and workhouse, providing shelter for the city's poor. Based on similar designs in Paris and Madrid, the main building is notable for its fine murals by José Clemente Orozco. Afterwards, visit the pedestrian-friendly Plaza de Toros and the huge Market Hall (Mercado Libertad) where, in addition to the usual wares, regional costumes, pottery, paper flowers, musical instruments, and songbirds are offered for sale.