The Monuments in the City of Guadalajara You Must See

Monuments in Guadalajara

Monuments in Guadalajara ©M.Peinado/Flick

Guadalajara is one of the biggest cities in Mexico, it is located above the left bank of the river Rio de Henares, at approximately 56 km from Madrid and today is pretty much under the influence of capital.

We would like to briefly present you the history of the city that mostly influenced the actual look of the city.

In the following we enlist the monuments in the city of Guadalajara you must see, which include churches, palaces, streets and other antique buildings.


The impact of history on the city of Guadalajara

The ancient city was built by the Iberians and then was conquered by Arabs. In fact, the name derives from the Arabic Wad al-Hajarah (“river of stones”). Its importance as urban center increased in the 12th century, when Alfonso VII gave a charter to the city, which was then prolonged by the kings Fernando III and Alfonso in the 10th  century.

Later, the powerful Mendoza family, who had control of the city of Guadalajara in the 14th century, left his fingerprints on the city. They became governors of the city of Guadalajara and made it fabulous during several centuries.

Hotel Mendoza in Guadalajara

Hotel Mendoza in Guadalajara ©Wonderlane/Flick

Then Guadalajara was conquered in 1085 by Alvar Fannies of Manaya. During the Spanish Civil War (March 1937), the Battle of Guadalajara between Italy and the republican troops took place in Brihuega, in the north-east of the city.
The rich history of the capital of the region La Alcarria has left an important architectonic heritage on this ancient city.

The most important monuments in Guadalajara

The most representative building in Guadalajara you must see is the “Palacio de los Duques del Infantado”, built in 1461 by Juan Guias and considered the symbol of the city.

Palacio de los Duques del Infantado in Guadalajara

Palacio de los Duques del Infantado in Guadalajara ©M.Peinado/Flick

Another Renaissance building is the “Palacio de los Mendoza” with two entrances in Plateresque style.


Another Renaissance building is the “Palacio de los Mendoza” with two entrances in Plateresque style.

One of the most beautiful buildings is the Roman Catholic Guadalajara Cathedral or Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, which is a minor basilica. It is a magnificent building with to towers and two domes and with nine altars in the inside.

The Guadalajara Cathedral

The Guadalajara Cathedral ©tetrabrain/Flick

Among the most notable religious buildings are: the Santa Maria de la Fuente, which was built on the remains of a mosque, the Santiago Church, the Santa Clara Monastery (14th century), the Jesuit church of San Nicolas el Real in baroque style, the Church of San Gines in renaissance style and the Church of San Francisco (15th  century).

Church of San Gines

Church of San Gines ©olgaberrios/Flick

Other places of interest and beautiful attractions include the Calle Mayor pedestrian street, which is the backbone of the historical area of ​​the provincial capital. In Calle Mayor you will find some historical buildings and buildings with a great historical value, as the Town Hall, the extraordinary houses on Plaza de los Davalos or the old palace of the Mendoza family.

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