December 9, 2018
I came in to Guadalajara on the late side and went right to bed but not before admiring the lovely Hotel Morales in the heart of the Centro Histórico. I would gladly stay here again.
Mostly with Michi in Chapala.
It was Sunday and I went into so many churches but services were always on so I didn’t take pictures. I guess this was late in the afternoon.
This is the image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, other names for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the most important religious symbol in Mexico. Her big day is Wednesday so I’m excited to see how that looks.
Here comes many pictures of the church in Chapala, a small church for a small town, decked out in preparation for the Guadalupe Day celebrations.
There she is, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, other names for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Patron Saint of Mexico.
I took the bus from Chapala this morning into Guadalajara to catch a few sights I was sorry to have missed the first day at the beginning of the week.
Here’s how my day went: walk to the Chapala bus station for the 1 hour ride into Guadalajara.
A) walk from the bus station to the largest market I have ever ever seen. I do say that every time I’m in a gigantic market because I can’t see from one end to the other so who knows.
B) visit the Hospicio Cabañas | Instituto Cultural Cabañas which was indeed all that and a bag of chips.
C) walk over to the heart of the Centro Historico again to catch the Christmas displays.
D) stroll down to the hotel I stayed at before and enjoyed so well to catch an uber for a ride…
E) to the town of Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-ke-Pa-ke), once a town standing on its own but now surrounded by Guadalajara.
‘The complex was founded in 1791 by the Bishop of Guadalajara in order to combine the functions of a workhouse, hospital, orphanage, and almshouse. It owes its name to Juan Ruiz de Cabañas who was appointed to the Holy See of Guadalajara in 1796 and engaged Manuel Tolsá, a renowned architect from Mexico City, to design the structure.’
There are maybe 20 of these courtyards throughout the complex each with its own decorations and personality.
The big gun. It was huge and very disarming and totally awesome, and not pleasant At All.
‘Following the death of Cabañas in 1823, construction continued until 1829. Although it served for a time as barracks in the mid-19th century, the hospital lasted well into the 20th century and continued to function until 1980, when the Cabañas Cultural Institute, with affiliated schools for arts and crafts, moved in.
‘The highlight of the interior decoration is a series of monumental frescoes by José Clemente Orozco, including one of his most famed creations, the allegory of The Man of Fire (1936–39).’
It all went smoothly although the traffic was as insanely bad as anywhere in a congested big city.
I just looked it up – Tlaquepaque is now totally absorbed into Guadalajara but it still has its own borders with a population of 600,000 in 2010. I’m shocked. In 2017 Santa Monica had a population less than 100,000.
Here we have a model taking pictures for donations.