Zapopan is a city essentially adjacent to Guadalajara and home to many of the area's wealthy residents. We had already explored some of its fabulous shopping malls, but decided it was time for some true touristing (i.e. acting like a tourist; pretty sure I just made this word up, but you get it, right?). So we decided to hit up the top three "to-do"s.
The main attraction in Zapopan is the Basilica, so that's where we started. It has a small icon of Mary, credited with several miracles and hosts a large yearly pilgrimage every October. The devotion here is probably more interesting than the church itself, but this book has a pretty thorough explanation.
The municipal (government) palace, above, has an impressive mural “La Revolución Universal” by Guillermo Chavez Vega-
although, this is what M thought of it ;) :
Nevertheless, the building itself, and surrounding little gardens are nice for a break:
Finally, we headed down Los Arcos street to The Zapopan Art Museum. Honestly and truly, housing not so impressive contemporary art, it was a bust; I believe we were in and out in less than half an hour.
At the end of Los Arcos street, when coming from the Cathedral, are the entrance gates to the old city...
which coincidentally will bring you into the modern, business and shopping oriented Zapopan, the one we know and like.