Eva Fydrych of Toronto, Canada is the Founder and Art Director of both Travelling in Style and Fashion Studio magazines. And she is an artist! We were proud to have her participate as one of the artists in our BEINGS exhibition, and we were thrilled to collaborate with her for this interview in her publication.
GDLUZ is a festival of lights that shines in the Centro Histórico zone of Guadalajara every February. It was first held in 2017 in celebration of the City of Guadalajara’s 475th birthday! It has now become an annual festival to mark this milestone, with the fourth edition appearing February 12-15, 2020.
More than 40 attractions for the entire family include video mapping, multimedia shows, 13 pyrotechnics shows, music, and live classical ballet performances. The shows and performances are held nightly at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 pm. The theme for 2020 will highlight Mexican culture including color, food, music, clothing and art.
The events fill the streets and plazas surrounding the Catedral de Guadalajara and for 2 kilometers to Hospico Cabañas. This year the festival is expanding to also light up Paseo Alcalde and Ciudad Creativa Digital. More than 1.1 million visitors from Mexico and around the world are expected to attend the four-day festival!
You can find all of the details about the festival including the schedule of events, maps, and more on the GDLUZ Festival website.
Centro Histórico is a comfortable and scenic 30-minute walk from La Fe Hotel and Arts. If you can’t attend this year, it’s never too early to start planning for “the festival that illuminates all of Mexico” next February!
Guadalajara is rich in sightseeing opportunities, and many are within walking distance of La Fe Hotel and Arts. In this post we will be focusing on Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. This church is considered the greatest example of neo-Gothic architecture in all of Mexico.
Archbishop Pedro Loza y Pardavé, along with a committee, held a competition and selected Adamo Boari, a famous Italian architect, to design the church. 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 church’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.
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.
The church 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 the Arts (MUSA). MUSA houses rotating national and international exhibitions. It is also home to several renowned murals created by Maestro José Clemente Orozco.
You can easily walk to Templo Expiatorio from La Fe Hotel and Artsin under 15 minutes via Calle Manuel Lopez Cotilla. If you need help with directions, feel free to ask our front desk staff and they would be more than happy to help you!