Once the city of Zapopan sat at a distance from Guadalajara, but over the years its larger neighbor has grown to the point where the two now largely blend into one another. Yet the historic center of Zapopan retains a distinctly different feeling, with blocks and blocks of one-story colonial-era homes. At the heart of Zapopan is its plaza and the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Mexico. With its Franciscan monastery, the complex has an impressive facade with the church itself constructed in the plateresque Baroque style typical of the 17th century in Mexico. Inside, the church is usually more crowded with worshippers than tourists, who come to pray to a wooden statue of the Virgin brought to Mexico from Spain in the 16th century.