Guadalajara Cathedral

Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

Built in 1618, the Guadalajara Cathedral plays host to the mummified remains of Santa Inocencia, who, according to legend, was killed in the 1700s by her father, who disapproved of her interest in Catholicism. Local rumors have it that her hair and nails continue to grow, and there’s even a video that allegedly shows her blinking. Stop by the cathedral outside of mass hours and make up your mind for yourself.

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You don’t need to be Catholic—or even religious—to have a reason to visit Guadalajara’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The centuries-old cathedral was built to inspire awe, and not just of the spiritual variety. Baroque, Gothic, Moorish, and Neoclassical influences are all evident on the church’s exterior. Somehow, they all manage to harmonize. Inside are crypts and relics of bishops and cardinals, as well as martyrs of the faith. Two of the most interesting crypts belong to bishops Francisco Gómez de Mendiola and Don Juan Santiago de León Garabito. Legend has it that if you touch their coffins and ask for a favor, it will be granted if you put your ear against the coffins and hear an “answer.” Mexico‘s second largest church organ is here, too.

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