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Guadalajara

Welcome to the Guadalajara Website of pictures within the World from the Web Home page. Located on the west-central portion of Mexico, this city is near the Río Grande de Santiago, more than 5000 ft above sea level. It is 200 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico and the capital of Jalisco State. The city has a population of 1,646,319 (2000). The larger metropolitan area is 3,677,531 people. Guadalajara is known as La Perla del Occidente (Spanish for "Pearl of the West"), la Perla Tapatía and Ciudad de las Rosas. The city is also the birthplace of mariachi music and charreadas.

Guadalajara's dry, mild climate and picturesque surroundings have made it a popular health resort. The city lies in a rich farming region and is also an important commercial center, connected by rail with the United States. Hydroelectric power comes from the nearby Juanacatlán Falls. Among the products manufactured are textiles, leather goods, furniture, hats, and cordage. The Native Americans from this area make high-quality pottery and glassware.

The cathedral's mural, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, by Bartolemé Esteban Murillo, and the governor's palace are excellent examples of Spanish colonial art and architecture. In the city are the University of Guadalajara (1792), the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (1935), a museum housing works of the painter José Clemente Orozco, and the Degollado Theater, home of the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. The city is also noted for the mariachi music of its street musicians.

Guadalajara has a bus system which covers all of Guadalajara proper, as well as the surrounding municipalities. There is also an electric train system, and the Guadalajara International Airport.

Founded in 1530, the city was moved twice before being established at its present location in 1542. Guadalajara was captured in 1810 by the Mexican priest and revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla during his crusade to free Mexico from Spanish colonial rule. In 1858 it was occupied by Benito Juárez during the War of the Reform.

The city receives close to 40" of rain/year, but almost all of it comes between June- Sept, the rainy season. The coldest month is in Januaray with an average temperature of 59F. The warmest month is May, with an average temperature of 74F. It actually cools down in the summertime due to the rainy season.


All pictures on this page are from Guadalajara, using various film and digital pictures. All pictures are from the central portion of the city, either near or in the Plaza Tapatia.



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Palacio de Gobierno de Guadalajara.
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Mural by Jose Clemente Orozco en Palacio de Gobierno de Guadalajara.
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The congress in the Palacio de Gobierno de Guadalajara.
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Catedral Metropolitana de Guadalajara.
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Inside the Catedral.
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Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Idcestres.
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The Teatro Degollado.
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Statue Miguel Hidalgo.
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Poder Judicial.
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Statue and fountain in the Plaza Tapatia.
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Institutio Cultural Cabanas.
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Looking back at the Institutio Cultural Cabanas from the Plaza Tapatia.
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Further information can be found at the Guadalajara Wikipedia page
or AllAboutGuadalajara.com page.


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