Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Guadalajara

Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Guadalajara (must see)

The original Government Palace was built in 1650. However, an earthquake in 1750 destroyed the original adobe building. Governor Don Jose de Basarte commissioned a new building that was designed by Manuel Jose Conique and Nicolas Enrique del Castillo.

The construction was funded by taxes placed on local tequila producers. Spain prohibited any local production of alcohol, so instead of legally producing alcohol and sending tax money to Spain, the local government secretly allowed alcohol production to continue while keeping the tax money for local improvements. The palace was officially inaugurated in 1790.

Government Palace has a magnificent baroque facade with attractive balconies and large windows. The palace features an impressive Doric gate and a large courtyard with colonial-style columns and arches.

The historic Decree for the Abolition of Slavery was signed at the palace in 1810. Every year, the palace commemorates this important event.

President of the Mexican Republic Benito Juarez narrowly escaped assassination in the palace on March 13, 1858.

In the main courtyard's stairwell, visitors can see three murals painted by the renowned Mexican caricaturist and painter Jose Clemente Orozco in 1937.

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Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) on Map

Sight Name: Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace)
Sight Location: Guadalajara, Mexico (See walking tours in Guadalajara)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Guadalajara, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Guadalajara

Create Your Own Walk in Guadalajara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Guadalajara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Center Walk

Historical Center Walk

Guadalajara is a modern, bustling metropolis with a long history. It was founded in 1542 as part of New Spain. The town was named after Spanish conquistador Nuno de Guzman’s hometown in Spain.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Guadalajara Historical Churches Walking Tour

Guadalajara Historical Churches Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Squares of Guadalajara

Squares of Guadalajara

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles