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Guadalajara Sightseeing – Temple Expiatorio

Templo Expiatorio Guadalajara

Welcome to the first in a series of posts relating to Guadalajara sightseeing within walking distance of La Fe Hotel and Arts. In this post we will be focusing on Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. The cathedral is considered the greatest example of neo-Gothic architecture in all of Mexico!

Templo Expiatorio Guadalajara

Archbishop Pedro Loza y Pardavé, along with a committee, held a competition and selected Adamo Boari, a famous Italian architect, to design the cathedral. Boari was originally brought to the country by Mexican President Porfirio Díaz to work on several other projects including the Palacio de Correos de Mexico in Mexico City.

Construction on the temple began in 1897, with the cornerstone laid on August 15, 1897. By 1911, all of the interior columns were complete. However, during the Mexican Revolution, work on Templo Expiatorio stopped for reasons of religious persecution and insufficient funds. In 1920, work resumed and was finally completed in 1972, 75 years after construction began.

The cathedral’s three tympana (triangular decorative wall surfaces on the front facade) include Italian mosaics created at the Vatican by Francisco Bencivenga, who at the time was a painter and expert on the Vatican Museums. Bencivenga came to Guadalajara to oversee the placement of the pieces.

Guadalajara sightseeing - Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento

Perhaps the most prominent feature of Templo Expiatorio is its clock. It was imported from Germany at a cost of over $450 million pesos and was installed by German technicians. The clock has four lighted dials, and a carillon of 25 bells playing 25 pieces of both religious and popular music. The chimes can also be played via a keyboard from the choir. The most interesting feature of the clock is the 12 statues of the apostles which rotate in and out of the clock tower whenever a musical piece is played.

Parque Expiatorio

The cathedral square is a wonderful place to relax and people watch. You can find many vendors selling traditional Mexican souvenirs, drinks and food.  One of the prettiest fountains in all of Guadalajara can also be found in this square. Weekends are an especially great time to visit.

There are many other Guadalajara sightseeing opportunities around the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento including the University of Guadalajara Museum of Arts. It houses several rotating national and international works.  It is also home to several renowned Jalisco works created by Maestro José Clemente Orozco.

You can easily walk to the cathedral in under 20 minutes from La Fe Hotel and Arts via Calle Manuel Lopez Cotilla.  If you need help with directions, feel free to ask the front desk staff and they would be more than happy to help you!

 

 

Under New Ownership

La Fe Hotel and Arts under new managment

We are happy to announce that La Fe Hotel and Arts is officially under new ownership!

We have received much feedback from our guests through in person conversation, reviews and emails, and we have been listening! Over the next several months, our guests will begin to notice changes taking place throughout the hotel. In fact, some of those changes have already begun! For example, beautification efforts to the exterior of the property are under way. New planters have been added along the ledge of the “north” wall. Our parking area will also receive repair work that will see damaged bricks replaced and the streetscape will be upgraded to include new vegetation.

Improvements to the common areas of the property have also begun. Historic photos of Guadalajara have been hung in the stairwell, new plants have been added and the plants in our courtyard have been dressed up with ambient lights.

A minibar has also been added for the convenience of our guests in the lobby. There you will find a variety of beverages and snacks to choose from. Over the next month, we also plan on adding a small shop that will sell only local goods made by crafts people from Guadalajara and the state of Jalisco.  

Our rooms will also be receiving upgrades in the very near future. More shelving is being added to the washrooms, plants will be added the the rooms, and soon art will be installed.  

We are also in the process of planning larger upgrades to many of our rooms. For example, our suite, Orozco (named after the famous Mexican painter – José Clemente Orozco) is in the process of being renovated. The sofa bed in the small bedroom has already been replaced with a queen size bed, headboard, and side tables. The entire suite will receive new paint, curtains, and decor, many of which will come from the influence of Orozco himself. Watch for some of our bathrooms to be renovated as well!

We are also planning some larger projects, but you will have to watch our Facebook page and website for more information on those down the road.

In closing, we would like to thank all of our guests over the past several months for your business and allowing La Fe Hotel and Arts to be your home away from home! We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the new year!

 

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Welcome to our first post!

La Fe Hotel and Arts - art deco doorway

We are very excited to launch our blog and share with you all sorts of great information about our hotel, and the entire city of Guadalajara, specifically our neighbourhood of Colonia Americana.  

Colonia Americana

La Fe Hotel and Arts is just a very short walk from Avenue Chapultepec, which is known as the gathering place for the city. Here you will find vendors selling authentic hand-crafted goods, live concerts, dance competitions and some of the

Be sure to visit Chapultepec Avenue, just 3 minutes from the hotel!

Be sure to visit Chapultepec Avenue, just 3 minutes from the hotel!

Colonia Americana is also very close to Guadalajara’s historic city centre, the main campus of the University of Guadalajara, and the American Consulate. You will also find some of the city’s best  restaurants, bars, and clubs in all directions. The neighbourhood is also home to great shopping, including unique furniture shops and wedding dresses. You will also find various small plazas and parks throughout Americana.

Exciting changes at La Fe Hotel and Arts

If you have been to our website in the past, you will have noticed some changes as of today.  We now have our own booking engine.  This will allow you to book directly with us through our website, rather than you having to call or email the hotel!  We have also added a section about our art gallery and the art on display throughout the common areas on our main floor. Our exhibitions showcase local artists from Guadalajara and around Mexico. On our new page, you will find photos of the art currently on display, as well as information on the artist and the exhibition. If any of the art interests you, please feel free to call or email us and we would be more than happy to help you!

Over the past few weeks, La Fe Hotel and Arts has been working hard to improve our guest experience, and more changes are on the way! Some of the great changes our guests will see currently are:

  • Alarm clocks with USB chargers in your room.  Some even project the time on the ceiling for you!
  • All rooms are now feature Netflix access
  • Most rooms now have rain showers or massage showerheadsThe best scones in Guadalajara!
  • Improved landscaping and exterior lighting
  • Our continental breakfast now includes amazing scones from the neighborhood’s best bakery, Ñom Ñom

    The best scones in Guadalajara!
  • We also have a great selection of music filling the main floor for you, while you relax in our living room or enjoy your breakfast.

As we said, more exciting changes are on the way, but for right now, we are going to keep a few of them a secret!

Our next blog post

Our next blog post will feature some very big news! We will also highlight more about what you can expect to see in the blog.  Until then, if you have any suggestions on how we can improve your guest experience even further or if you are interested in staying with us, please feel free to email us: info@new.lafehotel.com.mx.  Also, we would love for you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.