Built in 1939 - 41 to commemorate the founding of Guadalajara in 1542, the neoclassical Arcos are double arches that once were on the edge of town, surrounded by nothing. They served as a symbolic gateway not just to the city itself but also to the newly constructed highway that went to Mexico (and which passes through the arches). Nowadays, the 21-meter-tall Arcos have been surrounded by the affluent residential and commercial west side of Guadalajara, which can be seen in a panoramic view from the top of the arches. A salon on the top floor (lots of stairs to get there) is a showcase for local art. A tourist office is on the first floor. The Fuente Minerva (Minerva Fountain) is just to the west.
Corner of Avenida Vallarta and Avenida Arcos, Guadalajara
Relative price: Free
Open Hours from:8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Days Closed:Saturday - Sunday
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
Other places to go around here:Fuente Minerva, Casa-Museo JosÃ© Clemente Orozco.
Phone: (52) (33) 3615-1182, (52) (33) 3616-9150
E-mail: vive(at) guadalajara.gob.mx