Previous visitors to Puerto Vallarta say you don’t need to attend mass or tour the insides of the red brick Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but you should pause while on the malecón to take a photo or two. According to a Virtual Tourist, this site “is one of the most endearing of all Puerto Vallarta’s landmarks.”
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La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, as it’s known by locals, is open daily. English services are held on Saturdays at 5 p.m., and Spanish and English mass takes place every Sunday at 10 a.m. The bells ring 30 and 15 minutes before each mass.
La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is the heart of Puerto Vallarta religious life, and is the focal point of an elaborate 12-day festival each December. The structure itself was built during a 12-year period beginning in 1929. The interior is filled with hand-carved columns, decorative moldings and other rich detailing. An earthquake damaged the ornate crown that originally adorned the church. It was replaced, but the repair still creates controversy. The original crown is said to have been modeled after a tiara worn by the mistress of the Emperor Maximilian.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is open on Sundays from 10am.