These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I've Seen

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These frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara (Mexico) is one of the best I’ve seen. Well, I haven’t seen many, but I could name the Top 3 frescoes that blew my mind away. They’re the ones that made me dumbfounded while staring at their magnificent details. They are: Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement”, Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals” and José Clemente Orozco’s “The People and Its Leaders.”

These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I've Seen
These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I’ve Seen (Mexico)

One of the most noticeable details of José Clemente Orozco’s fresco is his dark interpretation of the revolution. While Diego Rivera saw the revolution as a good thing, Orozco saw it in a different way. This particular mural will leave you speechless. The more you stare at it, the more it gets creepy. At least, that’s what I felt.

These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I've Seen
These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I’ve Seen (Mexico).

The fresco dominates the grand staircase inside the Palacio del Gobierno.

These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I've Seen
These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara is One of the Best I’ve Seen (Mexico).

Looking up, the fiery presence of a priest and revolutionary, Miguel Hidalgo, commands attention. He is wielding a torch on his right arm and you can see the frightened expressions of people below him.

Miguel Hidalgo Mural Guadalajara
Miguel Hidalgo is a Catholic priest who became a revolutionary hero.

Obviously, this 400-sq meter mural shows eerie visuals of people suffering in ways unimaginable to you.

These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara Mexico Hotel Hostel
“The People and Its Leaders” is painted by José Clemente Orozco.

Look at this, for example – does it not scare you? I could clearly hear the sound of that dagger stabbing someone’s heart. And that pit of fire? Goodness, don’t throw me in there!

These Frescoes at the Government Palace in Guadalajara Mexico
“The People and Its Leaders” is painted by José Clemente Orozco.

And then here’s the Nazis with their crosses, scythe, and hammers! They freak me out, really!

"The People and Its Leaders" is painted by José Clemente Orozco.
“The People and Its Leaders” is painted by José Clemente Orozco.

Another fresco by Orozco that you must check out is the one inside the former Congress Hall (Ex Congreso).

Miguel Hidalgo Mural José Clemente Orozco.
There’s another fresco by Orozco inside the Palacio del Gobierno in Guadalajara.

As you can see, Hidalgo, the revolutionary Catholic priest is again celebrated. He is signing a very significant document that freed the slaves in 1810.

Miguel Hidalgo Mural José Clemente Orozco.
Miguel Hidalgo was instrumental in abolishing slavery in Mexico.

So, I guess, he is Mexico’s Abe Lincoln.

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Slavery in Mexico was abolished in 1810.

Also depicted in this mural are the other heroes of the revolution.

Guadalajara Mexico Things to do
Things to do in Guadalajara (Mexico)

José Clemente Orozco designed/illustrated John Steinbeck’s book, “The Pearl.”

Cheap Hotel in Guadalajara

If you are only staying for a night or two in Guadalajara, stay at Hotel Real Maestranza. It’s a clean boutique hotel with friendly staff. You can reach the Guadalajara Historical Center in less than 10 minutes on foot. Shops, restaurants, and bars are a few steps from the hotel and very close to the pedestrian pathway. They also serve a good breakfast. You can book it via Booking.com and TripAdvisor. For hostels in Guadalajara, book here.

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