Zapopan, Jalisco

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Zapopan is located in Mexico
Zapopan
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°43′13″N 103°23′31″W / 20.72028°N 103.39194°W / 20.72028; -103.39194
Country Mexico
StateJalisco
Founded1541
Municipal Status1825
Government
 • Municipal PresidentHector Vielma Ordoñez
Area
 • Municipality893.15 km2 (344.85 sq mi)
Elevationof seat1,035 m (3,396 ft)
Population (2005)Municipality
 • Municipality1,155,790
 • Seat1,026,492
 • Seat Density1,035/km2 (2,680/sq mi)
Time zoneCST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−5)
Postal code (of seat)45010
Area code(s)33
DemonymZapopano
Website(Spanish) Municipal Official Site
 
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Zapopan
—  City & Municipality  —
Municipal Palace of Zapopan (City Hall)

Flag

Seal
Zapopan is located in Mexico
Zapopan
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°43′13″N 103°23′31″W / 20.72028°N 103.39194°W / 20.72028; -103.39194
Country Mexico
StateJalisco
Founded1541
Municipal Status1825
Government
 • Municipal PresidentHector Vielma Ordoñez
Area
 • Municipality893.15 km2 (344.85 sq mi)
Elevationof seat1,035 m (3,396 ft)
Population (2005)Municipality
 • Municipality1,155,790
 • Seat1,026,492
 • Seat Density1,035/km2 (2,680/sq mi)
Time zoneCST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−5)
Postal code (of seat)45010
Area code(s)33
DemonymZapopano
Website(Spanish) Municipal Official Site

Zapopan (Spanish pronunciation: [saˈpopan]) is a city and municipality located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, which is part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. It is best known as being the home of the Virgin of Zapopan, an image of the Virgin Mary which was made in the 16th century. This image has been credited with a number of miracles and has been recognized by popes and even visited by Pope John Paul II.[1] The municipality is also the home of the Centro Cultural Universitario, which contains one of the most important concert venues in Latin America[2] and is the home of the new stadium for the C.D. Guadalajara.[3]

The name Zapopan comes from the Nahuatl word “tzapotl” which means among sapote trees and the word “pan” which means among under.[1] It also has the nickname of “Villa Exmaicera”(Ex-corn village) as it used to be a major producer of corn.[2] Its seal was designed by José Trinidad Laris in 1941 for the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding.[1]

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History

Entrance arch

From 1160 to 1325 a large number of Zapotec, Nahua and Maya families migrated into this area from the south, with many settling in the Profundo Arroyo area. These first settlers eventually mixed among themselves and with newcomers such as Aztecs and eventually were known as Tecos. Many small shrines called “cues” were built here, mostly to worship the sun, although the primary deity was a god-child called Teopiltzintli or the corn god.[1]

By the time the Spanish arrived Tzapopan was a fairly large settlement, but it was in decline due to wars with various surrounding nomadic tribes. It was subject to the dominion of Atemajac, also called Tlatoanazgo, which itself was subject to the Hueytlatoanazgo of Tonalá.[1]

In 1530, this area was subdued by Nuño de Guzmán, but the establishment of a Spanish settlement of Zapopan did not happen until 1541 due to the Mixtón War. In that year Francisco de Bobadilla, encomendero of Tlatltenango moved 130 Indians from his lands to repopulate Zapopan. Accompanying them was an image of Our Lady of the Conception, which had traveled to areas like Zacatecas as part of evangelization efforts. This statue would eventually take on the name of Our Lady of Zapopan. The sanctuary for this image was begun in 1689.[1]

In 1824, Zapopan was named at the seat of one of the 26 department of the newly-created state of Jalisco. When the departments were reorganized in 1837, it retained its status as seat. In 1873, General Ramon Corona fought against rebel forces led by Manuel Lozada “El Tigre de Alica” at Rancho de la Mojonera.[1]

In 1991, the town gained city status in a ceremony that took place on 8 December, the 450th anniversary of the city’s foundation.[1]

In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan.[1]

The city

The Virgin of Zapopan and her basilica

Basilica of Zapopan

The Virgin of Zapopan is an image of Our Lady of the Conception which was made in Michoacán by native artisans in the early 16th century.[2] She is 34 cm tall and made with corn stalks (caña de maiz), except for her hands which are made of wood. She was donated to the area for evangelization efforts by Antonio de Segova, and carried to Zapopan by Miguel de Bolonia, who had the image tied to his person. She is credited with bringing an end to the Mixtón War in the 16th century as well as relief from epidemics that plagued Guadalajara in the 17th century, a “miracle” that was affirmed by the bishop of the area. She was named the “General” (La Generela) of the Army of the Three Guarantees in 1821, with her military title ratified in 1852 and 1894 by elements of the federal and state governments. She is still called by this alternate name. In 1919, she was crowned Queen of Jalisco by the Pope Benedict XV and in 1940 Pope Pius XII made her church a basilica.[2][4]

Main altar with the Virgin

Construction of the Basilica of Zapopan began in 1689.[1] and finished in 1892.[5] It has been modified and expanded since then. In front of the structure is a large atrium. The atrium contains bronze statues of Antonio de Segovia, who donated the image of the Virgin in the 16th century and one of Pope John Paul II, with a child dressed as a charro, who represents Jalisco.[1] The facade is Plateresque[5] and the entrances have Ionic columns and coats of arms. The main altar is made of marble from Carrara and cypress with the image of the Virgin of Zapopan in a glass case at the top. Another important sculpture is that of the Holy Family, which has been in the church since 1832. It was sculpted by Victoriano Acuña. Part of the basilica building is dedicated to the Huichol Museum. The museum is dedicated to the art and culture of the Huichol people as well as some displays from the Tepehuán and Cora peoples.[1] Another section of the basilica houses the Museum of the Virgin of Zapopan, where offerings left for the image can be seen as well as items that have been used for her worship over the centuries.[5]

Annually, a large procession in this image’s honor takes place on the 12th of October, Columbus Day (called “Día de la Raza” (Day of the Race) in Spanish) .[1] This tradition started in 1734, when this image was named the patron of Guadalajara and the protector against epidemics, storms and other calamities.[5] Starting at 6 am, the image is carried on the streets from the Guadalajara Cathedral to the Basilica of Zapopan.[1] The streets, including the wide avenue of Manuel Avila Camacho in Zapopan proper, are packed with dancers, vendors selling traditional food and crafts and spectators.[4][5] The image stops periodically to receive homage from the many traditional dance groups and mariachi bands along the way. Traditional dances include include “Los Tastoanes,” “La Danza del Águila Real,” “la de La Conquista” and “Los Huehuenches.”[1][4] Once returned to her home at the Basilica, celebrations continue and end with fireworks at night.[1]

Other landmarks

On Paseo Teopiltzintli, which was the main thoroughfare into the city, is the Arco de Ingreso a Zapopan (Entrance Arch), built by the Spanish founders of the city. It is made of quarried stone and is twenty meters high. The arch area is decorated with sculptures and the arch itself is topped with large jars and an eagle. The Paseo Teopiltzintli leads to the Plaza de las Americas, after passing the Plaza Civica.[1][5]

The Plaza de las Américas-Juan Pablo II is located in front of the Basilica of Zapopan, and paved with pink quarried stone. It contains a quarried stone kiosk and four large fountains. There are also two large sculptures in bronze depicting the god and goddess of corn, done by Juan Méndez.[1][5]

The main walking corridor of the city is Andador 20 de Noviembre, which is lined with bars, galleries and restaurants. On Saturdays, the artists and antique dealers display their wares for sale.[5]

Municipal Palace

The municipal palace was constructed in 1942 to be a school. It became the seat of the municipal government in 1968 and has been remodeled several times since then.[1] The facade is decorated with reliefs,[5] and the building’s staircase contains a mural called “La Revolución Universal” (The Universal Revolution) done by Guadalajara artist Guillermo Chavez Vega in 1970. This mural depicts scenes from the French, Industrial, English, Mexican and Socialist Revolutions. It also contains images of indigenous art.[1] In front of the municipal palace is the Plaza Civica or Civic Plaza, which contains a seven-meter flagpole and a bronze sculpture of an eagle devouring a serpent.[5] The Municipal Cultural Center, built in 1979, holds exhibitions of fine art as well as theatrical and dance events. Next to it is the Plaza del Arte (Art Plaza) which is decorated with arches and columns of quarried stone and three permanent sculptures. The main mural of the building is entitled “La Historia de la Villa y la Revolución Mexicana” (The story of the village and the Mexican Revolution) painted in 1980 by Ricardo Peña. It also contains twenty three other murals done by art students over the years.[1]

Zapopan is the site of the new soccer stadium of the Guadalajara team “Chivas.” The Stadium is being built next to the Bosque de la Primavera, in the northwest of the Guadalajara Metropolitan area, just off the Anillo Periferico ring road and Avenida Vallarta. The stadium covers 147,000 square metres (1,580,000 sq ft) and has seating for over 45,000 people.[3]

The Temple of San Pedro Apóstol was finished at the end of the 19th century and is of Neoclassical design. The atrium wall contains a balustrade and the atrium contains two large crosses with relieves carved on them. The facade of the church is made of quarried stone with buttresses that flank the portal and side walls. Inside is a sculpture of Saint Peter, done by J. Cruz de la Mora in 1931, who was a native of Zapopan. The church also contains a painting from the 17th century done by Juan Correa called “The Baptism of Jesus.”[1]

The Centro Cultural Universitario is an ongoing project among the University of Guadalajara, the municipality of Zapopan, the state of Jalisco and the federal government to create a major cultural venue in the west of Mexico. The main structure here is the Auditorio Telmex, which is one of the most important concert venues in Latin America. There is also the Foro Alterno (Alternate Forum) which seats 15,000 people.[5] The project was begun in 2001 and other institutions here include the Juan José Arreola State Library of Jalisco, the Conjunto de Artes Escenicas (Scenic Arts Complex) and the Environmental Science Museum.[6]

Museo de Arte

Other cultural venues in the city are the Galerías Theater, the Museo de Arte de Zapopan and the Museo de Cacería Albarrán. The Galerías Theater was inaugurated in 1991 and is the site of modern musicals, concerts, cultural festivals and conventions. The Museo de Arte de Zapopan (Zapopan Art Museum) presents permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as workshops. It is located in front of the Plaza Civica.[5] Museo de Cacería "Albarrán" (Albarrán Hunting Museum) has a Sudanese style facade. In this museum are three halls which exhibit 270 hunting trophies from many parts of the world, some of which are the full animals but most are heads. The building is of modern design and the collection belonged to Benito Albarrán, a renowned game hunter.[1]

Zapopum

The Zapopum Festival started out as the municipal fair of Zapopan in 2005. However, since then, it has morphed into a major cultural event for the city. It aims to be “a cultural reference point, whose purpose is to spread culture and bring it to the public who is accustomed to other types of shows.” The 2009 event featured acrobats and circus acts from countries such as Spain, England, Germany and Italy. Some of these were “Alicia en los cielos” y the Spanish group Puja!, “Cupidos” and “Esferas” by Australian group Strange Fruit and performances by French mime Jerôme Murat. There are also workshops, themed pavilions and shows by popular Mexican artists such as Marco Antonio Muñiz, Gloria Trevi and Ricardo Montaner. The event has attracted as many as 800,000 people in past years.[7]

The municipality

The Trompo Magico Museum.
Andares shopping mall

As municipal seat, the city of Zapopan is the local government for approximately 750 other communities, called localities,[8] which together form a territory of 893.15km2.[1] Almost 90% of the municipality’s population lives in the city proper.[8] Zapopan is the second most populous municipality in the state of Jalisco and ranks seventh in Mexico. Aside from the seat, the most important localities are Nuevo México, San Francisco Tesistán, Valle Real, La Venta del Astillero, La Magdalena (San José Ejidal), Nextipac, Ciudad Bugambilias, Base Aérea Militar de la XV Zona, San Esteban (San Miguel Tateposco) .[2] This municipality is bordered by the municipalities of Tequila, San Cristóbal de la Barranca, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Ixtlahuacán del Río, Tala, Arenal and Amatitlán.[1]

Most of the municipality is flat with another quarter having rolling hills. Altitude varies from 1,500 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The main elevations are in the Sierra de la Primavera and include Nejahuete, Tajo and El Chapulin. Superficial water flows mostly in arroyos east to the Grande or Santiago River. In the center of the municipality there are three dams called the Copalita, the Santa Lucia and the San Jose. Winters here are mild and usually are noticeable only in the higher elevations. Average year-round temperature is 22C with highs of 36C and lows of 11C. Rain principally falls from June to October. Vegetation in the municipality varies from pines and holm oaks in the Sierra de la Primavera and species such as jonote (Heliocarpus appendiculatus), strawberry trees and nopals in the lower elevations. While wildlife has nearly disappeared from this area,[2] the Bosque el Nixticuil on the northern edge of the urban sprawl has been designated as a protected natural area[9] and still is home to many mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects.[10]

Climate data for Zapopan
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)32.5
(90.5)
33.0
(91.4)
38.0
(100.4)
39.0
(102.2)
39.5
(103.1)
38.5
(101.3)
36.0
(96.8)
38.0
(100.4)
35.0
(95.0)
34.0
(93.2)
33.0
(91.4)
31.0
(87.8)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F)25.0
(77.0)
27.4
(81.3)
30.2
(86.4)
32.3
(90.1)
33.6
(92.5)
31.3
(88.3)
27.7
(81.9)
27.7
(81.9)
27.6
(81.7)
27.5
(81.5)
26.7
(80.1)
24.8
(76.6)
28.5
(83.3)
Daily mean °C (°F)16.6
(61.9)
18.3
(64.9)
20.5
(68.9)
22.5
(72.5)
24.1
(75.4)
23.7
(74.7)
21.6
(70.9)
21.6
(70.9)
21.6
(70.9)
20.6
(69.1)
18.7
(65.7)
16.9
(62.4)
20.6
(69.1)
Average low °C (°F)8.3
(46.9)
9.2
(48.6)
10.7
(51.3)
12.6
(54.7)
14.7
(58.5)
16.1
(61.0)
15.6
(60.1)
15.5
(59.9)
15.5
(59.9)
13.8
(56.8)
10.7
(51.3)
9.0
(48.2)
12.6
(54.7)
Record low °C (°F)1.0
(33.8)
1.0
(33.8)
3.5
(38.3)
6.0
(42.8)
8.0
(46.4)
7.0
(44.6)
7.0
(44.6)
6.0
(42.8)
8.0
(46.4)
8.0
(46.4)
5.0
(41.0)
0.0
(32.0)
0
(32.0)
Precipitation mm (inches)16.4
(0.646)
5.2
(0.205)
2.7
(0.106)
4.4
(0.173)
19.5
(0.768)
195.9
(7.713)
270.0
(10.63)
225.0
(8.858)
156.7
(6.169)
57.2
(2.252)
16.7
(0.657)
10.2
(0.402)
979.9
(38.579)
humidity56524540476773797568626160
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)2.11.00.41.22.714.820.519.113.35.82.02.084.9
Source #1: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional[11]
Source #2: Weatherbase.[12]

About three-quarters of the municipality’s land is used for agriculture and livestock. About fifteen percent is forested and the remaining is dedicated to the city of Zapopan.[2] The principle crops are corn, sorghum, squash, tomatoes, chickpeas, avocados, mangos and plums. Some livestock such as cattle, pigs and domestic fowl are raised. Agriculture employs less than three percent of the population. About a third of the population is employed in industry and manufacturing. Major companies that have facilities here include Kodak, Motorola and Coca Cola. The rest of the population is involved in commerce and services.[1]

Tourism is mostly focused on the Basilica of Zapopan and other local churches; however, outside the city there are a number of natural attractions such as Ixcatán Geysers and the La Cola de Caballo waterfall.[1] At the Santa Lucia dam one can fish and go out on rowboats. Cola de Caballo is a 150 meter tall waterfall which is part of the Blanco Arroyo. The Geysers of Ixcatan are geothermic zone with a number of geysers which jump out with a temperature of 45C up to five meters high. At Cerro del Diente are large rocks where mountain climbing, rock climbing and rappelling are practiced.The Barranca del Río Santiago, also known as the Barranca del Oblatos is a canyon which 3.5 km wide, 700 meters deep and 200 km long. The Bosque de la Primavera (Primavera Forest) covers 30,500 hectares over the Sierra de la Primavera. The forest area has both fresh water and thermal springs and varied plant and wildlife. There are a number of signaled hiking trails with signs pointing out interesting points and plants. Another forest in the municipality is the Bosque El Centinela, which is an area that was reforested in the late 1970s and has mountain biking paths and campgrounds.[5] A number of water parks such as Rio Caliente and La Primavera have been established.[1]


The municipality has three main archeological sites. Ixtépete contains a Teotihuacan style pyramid which is twenty meters long, sixteen meters wide and 1.83 meters high. Construction phases of this pyramid date back from the 5th century to the 10th century. El Grillo is located in the Tabachines housing subdivision in the north of the Valley of Atemajac. This site has a series of fourteen tombs arranged along an arroyo which is now dry. La Coronilla is located in an area called La Experiencia.[1] In and around the city of Zapopan, there have been finding of ancient tombs. One example is when about a dozen pre-Hispanic objects were found during a hydraulic work excavation at Ciudad Granja, in Zapopan, Jalisco. A pot, a vase and anthropomorphic figures are among the items discovered. These objects are of the Shaft Tombs Tradition which developed between 100 BCE and 500 CE in western Mexico. Further excavations are planned to search for a shaft tomb. The initial discovery was made by construction workers in May 2009 while doing maintenance work.[13]

The La Mojonera Ranch is the site of the confrontation between government forces under General Ramón Corona and rebels led by Manuel Lozada “El Tigre de Alicia” on 28 January 1873. The event is called the Battle of La Mojonera.[1]

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References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Breve historia del municipio de Zapopan [Brief history of the municipality of Zapopan]" (in Spanish). Zapopan, Mexico: Municipality of Zapopan. http://www.zapopan.gob.mx/. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Estadio Chivas [Chivas Stadium]" (in Spanish). Guadalajara, Mexico: Chivas Football Club. http://www.estadiochivas.com.mx/inicio.php. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Nuestra Señora de Zapopan, Jalisco [Our Lady of Zapopan, Jalisco]" (in Spanish). Mexico City: Mexico Desconocido. http://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/notas/1849-Nuestra-Se%F1ora-de-Zapopan,-Jalisco. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cosas por hacer [Things to do]" (in Spanish). Zapopan, Mexico: Municipality of Zapopan. http://www.zapopan.gob.mx/. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Centro Cultural Universitario [University Cultural Center]" (in Spanish). http://www.distritocentrocultural.org.mx/. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Festival Cultural Zapopum" (in Spanish). Mexico: Mexico Desconocido magazine. http://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/notas/9117-Festival-Cultural-Zapopum. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "INEGI Census 2005" (in Spanish). http://www.inegi.gob.mx/est/contenidos/espanol/sistemas/conteo2005/localidad/iter/. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ Senado de la República - Gaceta Parlamentaria No. 116. 06/09/2005
  10. ^ Exhorta al Ejecutivo Federal a Declarar como Área de Protección de Recursos Naturales al Bosque de El Nixticuil - Sitio Oficial Diputados Federales PAN
  11. ^ NORMALES CLIMATOLÓGICAS 1971-2000, National Meteorological Service of Mexico. Retrieved July 31, 2012 .
  12. ^ Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Zapopan, Jalisco, Weatherbase. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Prehispanic Objects Found in Zapopan". Mexico: INAH. http://dti.inah.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3202&Itemid=512. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 

Coordinates: 20°43′N 103°24′W / 20.717°N 103.4°W / 20.717; -103.4