Palacio de Gobierno
Right next to the cathedral, Guadalajara, Mexico
Palacio de Gobierno Guadalajara Reviews
These murals are worth a visit Apr 10, 2011
I have been living in Guadalajara for about six months now and I had never been inside the Government Palace, not really sure why, so this time I decided to take a look.
At first I was a bit disappointed as the building is undergoing massive restorations because of the upcoming panamerican games, and a brand new museum is being installed inside. But as soon as I walked inside a bit more I was absolutely thrilled by José Clemente Orozco murals. Clemente Orozco was a very famous mural painter from Jalisco, who, like most of the painters of the mural movement in Mexico was intoxicated by the elixirs of marxism. In spite of that, he created some really stunning works, and the murals of the Government Palace of Jalisco may be some of his best.
The Government Palace was an administrative building built by the spaniards in 1774. It is one of the most magnificent of all Government Palaces in Mexico, and the murals add much to its power.
In the main mural, you can see Hidalgo in an energic pose of the act of ending slavery in Mexico. In fact, the slavery of indians had never been oficially established in Mexico by the spanish crown, but there was some "under the table" slavery that actually continued well until the 1900s.
There are other murals with a more confused meaning, resembling scenes of the second world war (not sure why this is in a government building in Mexico).
There is also a scene representing the moment when President Juárez was about to be killed by a few soldiers, but liberal poet Guillermo Prieto saved him standing betweem him and the soldiers and screaming "Brave men don't kill". Shame on him, Juarez could get out of there alive.
You can also visit the hall of the congress, with big murals of a lot of the mexican anti-heroes.
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Government Palace with Murals of Hidalgo Jul 08, 2011
Palacio de Gobierno, Government Palace of Guadlajara is located in down town of Guadalajara, next to Cathedral. Another beautiful structure can be seen from Plaza de Armas.
Parts of this government palace is open for visitors. I have enjoyed thouroughly the Hidalgo mural painted in the dome of the steps to the first floor of the building. Another beautiful creation from José Clemente Orozco. I have taken many pictures of this Mural from different angles.
In the first floor, the congress is another place to see. In congreaa hall, we can see the seats where the law makers use to discuss. Also another marvelous mural on Hidalgo on the of Congress. Liked the sign at the ground too..
A nice place to end the downtown historical tour.
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