The Basilica of Zapopan is located in the same land as the Convent of Our Lady of Expectation, which is why it is also known as Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. It is the second most visited site in the State and its construction began in 1689 in the hands of the Franciscan order.
It features a large atrium with Ionic columns, coats of arms and beautiful finishes. Its interior shelters a statue of the virgin of Zapopan -of great historical and religious value- elaborated by the local residents with corn cane paste and wood. The temple has a total of 20 bells: six in the left tower, seven in the right tour, four near the clock, and three electric hand bells. While the Law of Tolerance of Cults was in force, the place lost much of its infrastructure and the building kept functioning with the bare minimum.
Every October 12th, the Virgin of Zapopan, (Zapopan’s patron saint) is celebrated through a procession in which her image is taken through the streets, from the Cathedral of Guadalajara to the Basilica of Zapopan, while the local residents perform a series of traditional regional dances and light fireworks. Also, every November 22nd, Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, is celebrated in these same temple. The celebration begins with the Mariachis serenading the virgin.
The place was visited by John Paul II in 1979.