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3 Reasons To Visit This Iconic Puerto Vallarta Landmark That’s Over A Century Old 

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Right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, there is a place that has stood the test of time – the iconic Parroquia de Guadalupe.  

With a history stretching back over a century, this beloved landmark is gearing up to celebrate its 102nd birthday.  

If you are planning a trip to this charming city, here are three fantastic reasons why you should explore the rich heritage of the Parroquia de Guadalupe.

aerial of church of guadalupe

A Full Week of Fiesta 

From October 8th to the 15th, the Parroquia de Guadalupe will be buzzing with a week-long celebration of its incredible history.  

The festivities begin with a family-friendly walk, where locals and tourists alike can come together for some fun. It is a fantastic way to connect with the community and be part of something special. 

The grand finale of this cultural extravaganza is a solemn mass led by the esteemed Bishop of Tepic, Luis Artemio Flores Calzada.  

His presence adds a spiritual touch to the celebration, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone. 

town square celebration with church of lady of guadalupe

Time-Traveling Back in Time 

The Parroquia de Guadalupe is not just a church; it is a living history book of Puerto Vallarta.  

Its architecture, a beautiful mix of Mexican and European styles, reflects the city’s diverse cultural heritage.

Inside, you will find intricate details and stunning artwork, and if you are curious about the city’s past, the church’s archives hold records that date back generations.  

interior of church of our lady of guadalupe

It is a fascinating journey through the evolution of Puerto Vallarta and a must-visit for history buffs. 

TripAdvisor ranks this on its top ten spots to visit in Puerto Vallarta, and with over 5,000 reviews from travelers, it is well worth the visit.  

It is one of the many diverse attractions calling travelers from around the world to Puerto Vallarta.  

view of church of guadalupe from boarwalk

Embrace Local Traditions 

When you are in town, you will get to witness and even take part in time-honored local customs that have been cherished for ages.  

There will be lively processions, traditional music, and dance performances – all showcasing the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta. 

Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and the warm hospitality of the local community. 

church in puerto vallarta

Whether you are savoring mouthwatering tacos or joining in the celebration, you will get a taste of Puerto Vallarta’s rich traditions. 

The Parroquia de Guadalupe’s 102nd anniversary is a fantastic reason to dive into Puerto Vallarta’s history, culture, and traditions.  

The Story Behind The Construction 

The story behind the construction of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe is super interesting. It is intertwined with significant events in Mexican history.  

The initial church was a rustic chapel founded in 1883 in dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

sunset church of guadalupe

In 1903, a new church construction began, but when Father Francisco Ayala arrived in 1915, he envisioned a larger structure.  

The construction was dismantled to make room for a stronger foundation to support a larger church, and the official construction is said to have begun October 12, 1921.  

But in 1926 work stopped due to the Cristero War, which concluded in 1929. Construction resumed in 1930 with the addition of the dome.  

By 1940, the building was nearly complete, except for the two towers.  

In 1956, a spectacular crown was added, designed by Father Rafael Parra, and sculpted by the talented artist José Esteban Ramírez. 

Father Ramírez, in 1987, oversaw the construction of the final front and side towers, giving us the church, we know today.  

iglesia de guadalupe old town

This icon, which has watched over the city for a century, invites you to be a part of its story.  

It is a chance to connect with the local community, create lasting memories, and witness Puerto Vallarta’s charm through its rich history.  

So, as the church bells ring, take a moment to experience the enchantment of Puerto Vallarta’s past and present.  

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