Guadalajara's cathedral. - Mexico
Direccion: Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Zona Centro
Phone: +52 33 3613 7168
Guadalajara Cathedral is one of the most symbolic buildings in Guadalajara. An iconic building that distinguishes the pearl tapathy from other metropolises of Mexico.
On May 18, 1561 authorization was obtained by royal card to build the cathedral church, whose cost would be covered by the Royal Treasury, the encomenderos and indigenous community, so by July 31, 1561, Fray Pedro de Ayala, to the The second bishop of Nueva Galicia, laid and blessed the first stone of this beautiful temple. The placement ceremony was attended by the ecclesiastical and civil councils, the Royal Audience and the nobles of the city. Until May 30, 1574, everything had passed normally, however, while a mass was being celebrated, some neighbors threw cohetones into the air in the adjacent corral and unfortunately some fell into the church, which caught fire and became half-ruined.
By royal card the money for the new cathedral was obtained. The work progressed very slowly, as funds were scarce. By February 1618, the master architect Mart?n Casillas had brought the works to a close. Thus, in April of the same year the Blessed Sacrament moved from the old church to the new one.
In the year of 1818, a strong earthquake shook the city, whose aftermath left a new tragedy: the towers and the dome had collapsed. They were replaced by new ones, which would also collapse during a subsequent earthquake, in the year 1849. The new towers were built by the architect engineer Manuel G?mez Ibarra. It took three years to finish them, around 1854.