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This neoclassical building, declared part of the world's heritage, was built at the end of the 18th century and ... More
Instituto Cultural Cabañas
This neoclassical building, declared part of the world's heritage, was built at the end of the 18th century and inaugurated in 1810. Until 1980 it was the Casa de la Misericordia (House of Mercy) for orphans. The main hall, now the Capilla Clementina, was decorated in 1938 by the celebrated muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. His stirring masterpiece, "El Hombre de Fuego" (Man of Fire) can be found in the vault. Today the Institute's 23 courtyards and 106 rooms house the permanent collection by Orozco and other artists, as well as temporary exhibitions. For a stunning view of the Institute, stand at the edge of the water mirror — in the Plaza Tapatía — and look towards the back of the building. The Ballet Folklórico de Jalisco performs here Wednesdays at 8:30pm. There is also a gift shop.
A must see for the Orozco murals (not completely to my liking in their rather conventionally and inaccurately leftist portrayal of Mexican history, but nevertheless spectacular -- I'm one of those who thinks one of the worst things that ever happened to Mexico was Maximilian's overthrow and assassination) and, above all, for the marvelous surrealist bronzes in the grand plaza in front and in the central courtyard. The building itself is a magnificant example of colonial architecture, though the exterior of the dome leaves a lot to be desire in its proportions and turret-like design. Have a very cold Negra Modelo for just $1.50 at the outdoor cantina across the plaza, and enjoy taking in the quintessentially Mexican atmosphere and sights. Then wander up the Plaza Tapatio mall toward the Centro. I have spent many months in Mexico over the years, and this is one of my most favorite places in the entire country.
I stumbled upon the Instituto, coincidently enough when one of the in-house tour guides was starting his daily tour. It was amazing to hear the history of this landmark. If you are an admirer of Jose Clemente-Orozco's work I suggest you immerse yourself in the pleasure of viewing this "interactive" murals. The tour guides are very knowledgeable of the building and of Orozco's work.
Inside its impressive and large green areas you can temporarily isolate yourself from the noises of the city. It has
sports fields, an area with exercise machines, picnic spots and a bike track. Small vehicles can be rented to ...
Plaza del Sol is undoubtedly one of the most favored plazas in Guadalajara. Unlike many shopping centers, Plaza del Sol
is an outdoors area where you will find plenty of different boutiques, banks, ice cream parlors, restaurants, snack shops ...
Guadalajara's most prestigious theatre, the building features a neo classical portico atop Corinthian columns and a marble relief of Apollo
and the Nine Muses. Inside, the walls are brimming with murals. A variety of dramatic arts are staged here ...
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